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Sleep Disorders Center


At UNM Health System’s Program in Sleep Medicine, we provide comprehensive services to individuals having symptoms during sleep or while awake due to non-refreshing sleep. Our trained medical and technical staff is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep/wake disorders in adults and children using a state-of-the-art outpatient sleep laboratory, an inpatient sleep laboratory and a sleep medicine clinic.

Our staff, each of whom is a teaching faculty member at the UNM School of Medicine, is composed of sleep medicine experts from a variety of fields including adult pulmonary medicine, geriatrics/internal medicine, neurology, and pediatric pulmonary medicine. Consultative support is provided by additional faculty in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), psychiatry, cardiology and other specialties as needed. 

We have the only sleep center in the state with a board-certified pediatric sleep specialist. We study infants, children on ventilators and children with other respiratory disorders that worsen during sleep.

Other than our recently graduated sleep tech student, all techs in our lab have passed their boards and are nationally registered Polysomnographic (sleep) techs. They take responsibility for patient safety, quality of the studies, scoring studies, and training new techs in the field of sleep study acquisition. 

UNM Health System’s Program in Sleep Medicine is headquartered in the University Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, located in Sandia Medical Park at 1101 Medical Arts Ave NE Bldg. #2. This newly renovated facility incorporates ample on-site parking immediately adjacent to the office.

There are over 100 different sleep disorder diagnoses. You don't have to live with lack of energy or feeling tired all the time. Speak with your provider and obtain a referral to our nationally accredited sleep center. We can help!

UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center

As an extension of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Program in Sleep Medicine, the accredited Sleep Disorders Center (SDC) at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center offers expert sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment to the residents of Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, and the west side of Albuquerque. Since its opening in September of 2013, The SDC at UNM SRMC provides both outpatient clinical services and an inpatient sleep laboratory where sleep studies are conducted.

The SDC Lab, located on the fifth floor of UNM SRMC at 3001 Broadmoor Blvd NE in Rio Rancho, consists of four private rooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art technology and serviced by a team of highly-trained staff. In addition to providing the most advanced, cutting-edge care for patients ages 18 and up, the SDC at UNM SRMC offers its patients a calm, quiet, and serene environment with beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains.

The SDC Clinic is located on the third floor of the Professional Arts Building. Dr. Lisa Cutchen, Dr. Sushma Dharia and Nurse Practitioner Stephen Buscemi see patients (ages 18 and up) at this location. Dr. Cutchen is a family practitioner and Dr. Dharia is a pulmonologist and a boarded sleep specialist. To make an appointment, please call 505-994-7397.

For Your Appointment: Prior to your consultation with one of our sleep specialists, you must fill out and bring The Sleep History Questionnaire [PDF] with you to your appointment. If you arrive without the completed sleep history, you may be asked to reschedule your consultation.

Home Sleep Apnea Testing

UNMH Sleep Disorders Center in Albuquerque is accredited as a home sleep apnea testing provider by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We can teach you how to use and wear equipment that collects information about your breathing during sleep at home.

Schedule an appointment: (505) 272-4866

Contact Us

For more information, call one of our two locations:

UNM Hospital Sleep Disorders Center 
(Serves adults and children)

1101 Medical Arts Ave.
Building 2
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Phone: 505-272-6110

UNM SRMC Sleep Disorders Center
(Serves adults only)

3001 Broadmoor Blvd. NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Phone: 505-994-7397 (day) 
505-994-7861 (evening)

Types of Sleep Disorders

Conditions experienced by patients with sleep disorders include difficulties with falling asleep or staying asleep at night or problems staying awake in the daytime. Most sleep disorders can be helped, but effective treatment depends on a thorough evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and the most up-to-date therapy.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Many people who snore have a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA results from the breathing passage in the back of the throat falling shut during sleep, causing repeated episodes of struggling for breath. Most people with sleep apnea snore loudly but are otherwise not aware of any sleep or breathing problem. Family members however, may observe the person struggling to breathe or stop breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is also a major cause of daytime sleepiness.

Sleep Walking

Sleep walking, sleep talking, nightmares, night terrors, teeth grinding, rocking, groaning, bedwetting and other undesirable behaviors during sleep are called parasomnias. Some are relatively harmless, while others may be symptoms of serious medical conditions, disrupt sleep or put the patient into dangerous situations. Sleep apnea or restless legs may trigger parasomnias.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders

These disruptions of the body's internal clock are most common in individuals doing shiftwork or after multi-time zone air travel, and can cause both sleepiness and insomnia at inappropriate times. Adolescents and young adults often suffer from a circadian rhythm disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome, which causes them to have difficulty falling asleep at a normal time at night and difficulty awakening in time for school or work in the morning. Circadian rhythm disorders can respond to bright light therapy and behavior modification.

Insomnia

Some patients have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or wake up early in the morning not feeling refreshed. If chronic, insomnia may be an indication of a significant condition such as depression, anxiety or breathing problems. Many insomniac conditions can be treated with behavior modification techniques.

Narcolepsy

This condition causes profound sleepiness punctuated by sleep attacks, episodes of muscle weakness, vivid dreams and automatic behavior. This is caused by an abnormality in the way the brain controls wakefulness and sleep and is treated by a variety of medications.

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