In the News

Dr. Barry Krakow has been named as the top Sleep Medicine Doctor in Albuquerque. 

Albuquerque the Magazine has released their 15th Annual TopDocs issue. 

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Dr. Barry Krakow is one of the most well respect­ed and liked sleep doctors in the city for good reason. He’s extremely knowledgeable, and he makes sure he stays that way by keeping up on all of the newest technologies in this quickly evolving field. But he also helps patients deal with every sleep related issue they might have, from sleep apnea, to headaches, to nightmares. 

 Susan M. Smith, a longtime patient of Dr. Krakow’s says:

 "It was approximately 10 years ago that I had a consultation with Dr. Krakow. I was very nervous meeting with him. He sched­uled a sleep study for me and his staff helped me set it up. Since then, I have been to several additional sleep studies.

 

Dr. Krakow took the time to help me understand why I had problems sleeping at night and had sleep apnea. He also helped me learn why I had bad headaches every morning. It turns out that my oxygen was low at night and Dr. Krakow quickly put me on three liters of oxygen at night. He ordered a C-Pap machine and still helps me get new and updated C-Pap machines.

 

Dr. Krakow was instrumental in helping me deal with my con­stant nightmares. He provided films and books that include infor­mation to help with my condition. This alone has been a big help.

 

Also, I am very claustrophobic and had a lot of concerns about wearing a mask [the C-Pap machine]. But he was able to help me feel at ease. He helped me with my anxieties with some of these films he had me watch.

 

Dr. Krakow and his staff were always available to answer my questions and concerns. I was always treated well and in a profes­sional manner. When there was any new technology on C-Pap ma­chines I was always on their list to get new technology. I always felt that my wellbeing was Dr. Krakow's top concern. All these things have had a profound effect on my quality of life. I will always be so grateful to Dr. Krakow and his staff."

 

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Not So Fast

bike race In the Not So Fast group, we find two general types of sleep patients:

  • those who sense their sleep is disturbed, but who are putting off any form of evaluation or treatment;
  • those who can't absorb or appreciate that they are suffering from any sleep disturbances at all.

The first group includes those who do not spend much time thinking about their sleep problems or thinking about any specific reasons to treat their sleep problems.  They might say that sleep problems just sit on the "back burner," percolating for so long that they are literally "out of sight, out of mind."

The second group includes problematic sleepers who often are pushed into treatment by someone else - their doctor, a family member, a friend, and so on.  For some, it's a matter of denial; for others it's a healthy skepticism about the idea that something actually needs treatment.  This group's "show me" attitude often requires that someone else do the homework to prove there is a need to "fix" something.

The links below provide some useful Treatment Pathways to move forward, if indeed you possess a desire is to move forward: