Narcolepsy & Hypersomnia Treatment in Greenwich, CT

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At Sleep & Neuroscience Associates, the leading sleep center in Greenwich, CT, we diagnose and treat a wide range of sleep disorders, including narcolepsy.

Learn more about our narcolepsy treatments below, or schedule an appointment to sleep better and live better today.


What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, with or without muscle weakness (cataplexy) triggered by strong emotion. The condition is a chronic brain disorder which causes an inability to cycle sleep correctly.

In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness, episodes known as “sleep attacks” can occur during more high-energy activities. Sleep attacks can range in length from three to five minutes per episode and may be life-threatening if they occur in a dangerous environment. These sleep attacks involve falling asleep for seconds to minutes at a time. Narcolepsy symptoms can show in a variety of ways for different people.

Signs and Symptoms of Narcolepsy

If you currently experience any of the following symptoms, you may suffer from narcolepsy and should consult a narcolepsy specialist doctor as soon as possible:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness or hypersomnia
  • Sudden muscle weakness (cataplexy)
  • Inability to move or speak while falling asleep or waking (sleep paralysis)
  • Hallucinations while falling sleep or waking up
  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • Falling asleep during the day for seconds or minutes at a time

Risk Factors for Narcolepsy

If you have any of the following conditions, you may be at risk for developing narcolepsy:

  • Family history of narcolepsy
  • A brain injury from a previous incident, such as stroke, tumor, or head trauma
  • Certain autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis

Woman at work desk falling asleepDiagnosis of Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy should be diagnosed by a sleep doctor and narcolepsy specialist, such as our doctors. Making a diagnosis typically begins with a comprehensive sleep evaluation and a physical examination.

Overnight Sleep Studies

Further tests, such as an overnight sleep study, nap test, or multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), may be recommended. Consulting with a doctor trained in sleep medicine is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis and learn about your treatment options.

Treatment of Narcolepsy

Although no cure is currently available for narcolepsy, patients may live a near-normal life when symptoms are treated with FDA approved medications. Narcolepsy treatment may consist of one or more of the following options:

  • Lifestyle modifications, which may consist of avoiding emotional triggers that cause muscle weakness and taking scheduled naps during the day.
  • Medical management, which may consist of prescribing FDA-approved medications for treatment of narcolepsy.

Schedule A Consultation

If you believe you may be suffering from narcolepsy, it is important to see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine in order to properly diagnose and treat your condition. Our doctors are trusted narcolepsy doctors and sleep specialists in CT, who is known for diagnosing and treating all kinds of sleep disorders. Call (203)-245-0412 today, or schedule an appointment using this form.

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MEDICAL OFFICE CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

We regret to announce that we will be closing the practice for in person and telehealth services for Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment as of 9/30/2023. The Practice was formerly owned by Dr. Malhotra and was located at 86 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443.

In February 2022, Waterstone acquired Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment under Dr. Thomas Abbenante, who has been working with patients in Greenwich and New Haven offices.

If you are seeking new services, please contact your health insurance company who can provide you with a list of providers that are in network with your current plan. For additional information or referrals, you can also contact the Connecticut State Medical Society at www.nhcma.org or by calling 203-865-0587.

For current or previous patients, please contact our agency for information regarding your account, appointments, or medical records. You may reach us at 203-245-0412 or fax requests to 203-427-0441. You will receive mailed information detailing closure and any follow-up instructions.

Please note that the business mailing address for Dr. Abbenante and Sleep and Neuroscience is:

Dr. Thomas Abbenante
Sleep & Neuroscience Department
c/o Waterstone Counseling Centers, LLC
86 Bradley Road
Madison, CT  06443