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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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About Dr. Krakow

Work and Impact in Sleep Medicine

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Barry Krakow, MD is a board certified internist and sleep disorders specialist, who has spent 25 years in medicine in the fields of internal medicine, emergency medicine, addiction medicine, and sleep medicine. Currently, he is medical director of two sleep facilities in Albuquerque, NM:

  • Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences, Ltd, a community-based, sleep medical center
  • Sleep & Human Health Institute, a non-profit sleep research institute

Perspectives on Sleep Cures

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In medicine, we usually confront two types of illness, one for which there are treatments and cures that fully resolve the condition and one for which no cures are available. In the latter, we spend our effort caring for the patient on a long-term basis to help them function as best they can with their chronic conditions.

This division is important, because it explains a great deal about how physicians choose their career paths in medicine. To oversimplify, many surgeons enjoy the "cut it and cure it" model, because they gain more satisfaction from seeing the patient over a shorter period of time and helping them to resolve an issue quickly, for example, cutting out

Dr. Krakow's Sleep

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Dr. Krakow is not only a strong advocate of Sleep Dynamic Therapy, he is an avid user of all the major steps. He routinely applies emotional processing techniques throughout the day to find closure at bedtime. As soon as his head hits the pillow, he uses imagery, which usually induces sleep within 5 to 15 minutes. Of course, Dr. Krakow never sleeps alone. He uses a RESMED ASV device with a Respironics Comfort Gel nasal mask.

Dr. Krakow C.V.

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December 2007

Barry James Krakow, MD