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Behavioral Sleep Clinics | April 2011 | Sleep Review

A New Home for Nightmare Treatment

behavioral-nightmareMilitary personnel returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq show increasing rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-traumatic nightmares. Media coverage of these two vexing mental health conditions is also intensifying and raising public awareness about the need for more effective therapeutic options. With growing attention focused on patients with nightmares, sleep centers have an opportunity to engage these patients. Successfully doing so hinges on applying a standard of care for nightmare assessment and treatment through behavioral sleep medicine specialists.

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In the News

22 May 2019

  • GAMA: Message from the President - Embracing Change

    With little urging Dr. Barry Krakow, a 35 year member of our medical community, enthusiastically brought forth some constructive and thought provoking observations after our annual meeting in January. As a Sleep Medicine specialist, Dr. Krakow is always on the alert for effective ways to solve his patients’ sleep problems as well as his own. A strong advocate for

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  • New Research

    by Barry Krakow, MD | PubMED

    Prevalence of sleep breathing complaints reported by treatment-seeking chronic insomnia disorder patients on presentation to a sleep medical center: a preliminary report.

    PURPOSE:

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  • Feature - Spooky dreams may be just what the doctor ordered

    11/4/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Ghoulish figures, demonic clowns, man-eating zombies and vampires. There was enough frightening stuff out there this Halloween that even the most fearless may have been spooked this year. So which of these nightmares are still keeping you up at night? For some individuals out there, Halloween was not

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In wildest dreams, a shot at reshaping nightmares | NWAonline

Her car is racing at a terrifying speed through the streets of a large city, and something gruesome, something with giant eyeballs, is chasing her, closing in fast. It was a dream, of course, and after Emily Gurule, a 50-year-old high school teacher, related it to Dr. Barry Krakow, he did not ask her to unpack its symbolism. He simply told her to think of a new one. “In your mind, with thinking and picturing, take a few minutes, close your eyes, and I want you to change the dream any way you wish,” said Krakow, founder of the PTSD Sleep Clinic at the Maimonides Sleep Arts and Sciences center in Albuquerque and a leading researcher of nightmares. And so ...


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www.cpaptalk.com • View topic - Sound Sleep, Sound Mind by Krakow

Sound Sleep, Sound Mind by Krakow by secret agent girl on Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:27 am Did anyone else happen to catch his webinar with NICABM--wondering what you thought of it. It's been such a busy summer, that I haven't been around here, and only thought of the forum after the presentation...sorry! I was impressed with his balanced approach and would let him be my doctor in a new york minute! Not that my sleep doc is no good, but Krakow is obviously quite an expert. Here's the outline he mostly covered: * It's quality, not necessarily quantity, that matters * Poor sleep, poor health: poor health, poor sleep * The Mind-Body connection of sleep * The role that breath plays in sleep disorders * Building a sleep quality brain trust * Treatment: emotional freedom to sleep without drugs


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Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for Acute Posttraumatic Nightmares Among Combat Soldiers in Iraq -- MOORE and KRAKOW 164 (4): 683 -- Am J Psychiatry

To the Editor: Imagery rehearsal therapy is an efficacious treatment for chronic nightmares. In one controlled study using this therapy, chronic posttraumatic stress symptoms decreased as well (1). However, imagery rehearsal therapy has not been tested on acute nightmares or acute posttraumatic stress symptoms. The following case series describes the use of imagery rehearsal therapy with U.S. Army combat soldiers deployed to Iraq. Only soldiers with a primary complaint of acute nightmares received treatment.


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