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Our Patient Philosophy

Our goal is to provide world-class patient care utilizing our skills, experience and caring. We treat your entire person.
It is our equal understanding of your desired lifestyle and your disorder that we believe will provide the optimum positive results.

In today’s world, there are many pressures put on physicians to see high volumes of patients. We take the patient/doctor relationship back to earlier times when emphasizing the importance of preserving an appropriate amount of time for history taking and a detailed physical exam yielded the most accurate diagnosis. This leads to fewer trips to our office and less testing. We continue this extra time and care on each future visit.

Our new, home-like office reflects our caring philosophy as well. It is a place you feel relaxed, appointments are easily made – and timely kept, and a staff that always treats you with a warm and friendly attitude.

If you or someone you know is in need of a sleep specialist Long Island NY, get in touch with Three Village Neurology today.

Dr. James D. Bruno, M.D., D.P.N.-N

Dr. Bruno is board certified in Neurology and Sleep Disorders. He completed his Neurology training at George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2003. He then went on to complete a fellowship in both Neurophysiology (Epilepsy/Neuromuscular Disorders) and Sleep Disorders at SUNY Stony Brook in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He is currently in solo practice and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Bruno is also an Associate Clinical Director of The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Long Island and offers clinical evaluations at the Sleep Disorders Center, both located at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY.

Highly regarded by his patients, Dr. Bruno was rated at the highest level of satisfaction in a recent independent survey. He has won several merits of distinction, including several Patient’s Choice Awards, Americas Top Doctor Award and Most Compassionate Doctor Recognition. He was also the recipient of the Extraordinary People in Care Award by the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island.

 

Specialties

Dr. Bruno specializes in both Sleep Apnea and Epilepsy, as well as general neurology. In his practice, he only uses the most up to date technologies to diagnose and treat these conditions; Polysomnography and Electroencephalography respectively. Both Epilepsy and Sleep Apnea are treatable if properly diagnosed, and in most cases, sufferers go on to lead incredibly fulfilling and uninhibited lives. If you are suffering from the symptoms of either of these diseases, contact Dr. Bruno, a sleep specialist Long Island NY, and together you can get the answers you need, create a plan of action, and be on your way to living a healthier life.

 

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Insomnia & Difficulty Sleeping

One of the most common sleep disorders that are often reported by our patients is Insomnia. If you have experienced difficulty in falling or staying asleep, then you know how debilitating this condition can be for sufferers. Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and changes in mood are all common symptoms of this condition. Insomnia can be frustrating, exhausting, and affect all areas of your life. At Three Village Neurology, a sleep specialist Long Island NY, we seek to understand your sleep condition and find solutions that can help to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

Risk Factors for Insomnia

While anyone can develop a sleep disorder at any time, there are a variety of risk factors and causes that can contribute to the development of a sleep disorder. Understanding the cause of your insomnia can also be beneficial in developing a treatment plan that is unique to you and effective. The causes and risk factors for Insomnia can be divided into the categories of medical, psychological, and lifestyle causes.

Medical Causes of Insomnia

  • Sinus and Nasal problems, including allergies.
  • Gastrointestinal Problems, such as acid reflux.
  • Endocrine problems, such as hyperthyroidism.
  • Asthma.
  • Arthritis.
  • Neurological Conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • Chronic Pain.
  • Other Brain & Neurological causes.

Psychological Causes of Insomnia

  • Depression and Major Depressive Disorder.
  • Anxiety, including tension, excessive worry, feelings of being overwhelmed, and a general feeling of over overstimulation.

Lifestyle Causes of insomnia

  • Taking short naps throughout the day can contribute to insomnia.
  • Excessive Screen Time before falling asleep.
  • “Sleeping-in” to make up for lost sleep.
  • Working irregular hours that disrupt your natural sleep schedule, including shift work.
  • Consuming stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine can disrupt your sleep, especially if taken in the evening or before bedtime.
  • Consuming heavy meals or alcohol late at night can disrupt your body’s ability to engage in deep, restful sleep.

Insomnia is a complicated condition with many possible causes and treatments. If your condition is chronic and is not alleviated through lifestyle changes, it may be time to seek the help of a neurologist. A sleep specialist in Long Island NY, such as Dr. James Bruno at Three Village Neurology, specializes in understanding the full extent of your symptoms and providing lasting and effective treatment.

How a Sleep Specialist can Help

Neurologists can help patients with Insomnia & difficulty sleeping in a number of ways. Neurologists specialize in treating a diseases & disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, which are all areas that are closely related to many of the key causes of Insomnia. Furthermore, difficulty sleeping and associated health problems can be warning signs of more serious health problems, such as stroke and seizure.

If you are suffering from Insomnia, don’t wait to seek treatment. Insomnia can cause a number of problems for your health and daily functioning. We at Three Village Neurology, a sleep specialist in Long Island NY, will seek to understand, evaluate and treat your sleep problems in a safe and effective manner. Contact us today to learn more about our practice or to book an appointment with our Board Certified Neurology and Sleep Disorder neurologist, Dr. James Bruno.

 

Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless legs syndrome are very common. They are also incredibly debilitating because not only do they affect your sleep habits, but the issues carry through to the daytime as you are deprived of the proper amount of sleep. Quality sleep is necessary for optimal health and can affect, mood, weight, and hormone levels.

Identifying the underlying causes of your sleeping problem is the best thing you can do to help yourself. Do you feel irritable or tired during the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating? Do you require caffeinated beverages often? These seemingly normal feelings could actually be symptoms of a sleep disorder.

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, there are simple tests and studies that can identify your issues, and set you on a course for a better night’s sleep and healthier life.

Some Signs of Sleep Disorders:

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Unintentional sleep
  • Acting out dreams

How Can Three Village Neurology Help?

Dr. Bruno specializes in both Sleep Apnea and Epilepsy, as well as general neurology. In his practice, he only uses the most up to date technologies to diagnose and treat these conditions; Polysomnography and Electroencephalography respectively. Both Epilepsy and Sleep Apnea are treatable if properly diagnosed, and in most cases, sufferers go on to lead incredibly fulfilling and uninhibited lives. If you are suffering from the symptoms of either of these diseases, contact Dr. Bruno, a sleep specialist in Long Island NY and together you can get the answers you need, create a plan of action, and be on your way to living a healthier life.

Causes Of Sleep Apnea

Are you feeling tired even after a long night’s sleep? Do you receive complaints about loud snoring? If so, then you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout your sleep. This breathing interruption usually lasts for at least ten seconds and can be problematic leading to complications such as daytime fatigue, drowsy driving, high blood pressure, heart problems, and type 2 diabetes. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, our sleep specialist in Long Island NY, Dr. James Bruno can help you get the sleep you need and deserve.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

Our sleep specialist in Long Island NY will be able to diagnose and treat each type of sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: this is the most common form of sleep apnea which happens when your throat muscles relax while you are sleeping creating a narrow airway. When this occurs you may make a snorting, choking, or a gasping sound.

Central Sleep Apnea: this form of sleep apnea occurs when your brain isn’t transmitting the correct signals to the muscles that control your breathing while you sleep.

Complex Sleep Apnea: this form of sleep apnea is defined by having a combination of both central and obstructive sleep apnea.

No matter what type of sleep apnea you may be suffering from, our sleep specialist in Long Island NY can diagnose and designate a treatment plan. Depending on the nature of your condition, Dr. James Bruno will conduct a variety of tests including Polysomnography. This will monitor your body functions during sleep to not only distinguish the type of sleep apnea you are suffering from but also the severity.

Common treatment options for sleep apnea include:

  1. Lifestyle changes – Excess weight is a common cause of obstructive sleep apnea.
  2. Continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) – this a mask that fits over your nose and or mouth and gently blows air into the airway to help keep your airways open.
  3. Expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) – this is a small device that is placed in each nostril. It acts as a valve which allows air to go in and when you exhale the air goes through the small holes in the valve. This increases the pressure in your airways to keep it open.
  4. Surgery – This option is used as a last resort if other treatment options are not successful.

Contacting Dr. James Bruno

Our sleep specialist in Long Island NY offers polysomnography to help study and diagnose your sleep disorder. We will examine your brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, and breathing while also monitoring eye and leg movements in order to determine the right treatment plan. If you are already being treated for sleep apnea but are not seeing any improvements, our study can help modify your current treatment plan to identify a plan that is right for you. Contact us today to make an appointment so you can get the sleep you deserve.

Dr. James Bruno, a sleep specialist in Long Island NY, is committed to serving his patients with the highest quality. Visit our website to learn more about how we can help you.

Trouble Sleeping Through The Night?

Many people experience having a bad night sleep at one point or another. This is usually caused by stress, travel, chronic pain, or an interruption of your routine. However, if your sleeping trouble starts to become a regular occurrence and begins to interfere with your daily life, this could be a sign you are suffering from sleep apnea. If your sleepless nights are affecting your daily life, contact Three Village Neurology and make an appointment with our doctor for sleep specialist in Long Island NY.

Symptoms and Signs of a Sleep Disorder

It is very common for people to experience a tough time sleeping every once and awhile. So how should you know if your sleeping problems are just a normal bad night of sleep or a sign of sleep apnea? A good way to judge this is by looking at your symptoms. Some of the symptoms of a sleeping disorder include:

  • Feeling irritable
  • Having difficulty staying awake
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headache
  • Loud Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

If you are having any of these symptoms regularly, contact Three Village Neurology to make an appointment with our sleep specialist in Long Island NY.

Tips for a Better Night Sleep

Having sleep apnea or other sleep disorders can affect your day to day life. Some tips to help you sleep better include:

  • Sticking to a sleep schedule
  • Practicing a relaxing bedtime ritual
  • Exercising daily
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

How We Can Help

At Three Village Neurology, we offer different tests and studies to help diagnose your sleep disorder. The most common test that we offer is a Polysomnography. This sleep study records oxygen levels, brain waves, heart rate, and breathing. While also logging eye and leg movements during the study. A Polysomnography does not only diagnose your sleeping disorder, but it can also be used to adjust your treatment plan if you suffer from a sleep disorder. Contact us today to make an appointment with our sleep specialist in Long Island NY.

Why Has My Snoring Gotten Worse?

You might think that snoring is normal but it is actually is not. Snoring is the result of an obstruction of breathing and it becomes clear that snoring, even slight snoring, is abnormal to the human body. For many people, if left untreated, their snoring will continue to get worse over time. In addition, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea.  At Three Village Neurology, you can see a sleep specialist in Long Island NY to see what may be going on.

What Can Cause An Increase in Snoring?

Snoring may not seem like a big issue, but it is always something that should be checked out, especially if it has gotten worse. What are some of the causes of increased snoring?  Weight gain could be the first cause. As one gains weight around the neck, your throat becomes more narrow, which causes snoring.  Aging can be another factor. As we age, the muscles around the throat begin to relax and can lead to snoring. Other factors include:

  • enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • nasal polyps
  • deviated nasal septum
  • consumption of alcohol

If you want to discuss what could be causing your increase of snoring, you can come to talk with a sleep specialist in Long Island NY at Three Village Neurology.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Increased snoring could be a sign of sleep apnea. But what exactly is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea consists of shallow breathing or frequent pauses of breath within your sleep.  While this may not seem like a big deal, sleep apnea can lead to a less effective sleeping period. Inefficient sleep can lead to weight gain, premature aging, and memory loss.  It can also trigger stress hormones to be released into your body, which can cause a large array of other problems. To see a doctor for sleep specialist in Long Island NY, contact Three Village Neurology today.

Treatment

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is with the use of a  CPAP machine.  This machine is worn while sleeping and blows air into the mouth and throat. The pressure from this air being blown, causes the throat to stay open which stops snoring. This treatment can help lead to a fuller and a more beneficial night of sleep.

Snoring can seem like a small, uneventful occurrence, but it is better to go get it checked to make sure there is nothing serious going on. While there may be natural factors that can lead to an increase in snoring, the act of snoring itself is anything but natural. By visiting Three Village Neurology and seeing a doctor for sleep specialist in Long Island NY, you can help yourself get the good night sleep you need.  Please contact us if snoring is an issue you are currently facing.

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