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About Dr. Stern

"Sleep apnea is the disease of the decade" says Dr. Stern whose vision of the truly comprehensive sleep apnea and snoring center became a reality in 2009 when he created the first BlueSleep center in New York City.  Now he brings his 25 years of leadership in healthcare to small and large medical practices, and employers seeking to improve the quality of healthcare they can deliver.

​Consulting, research, and publications on home sleep testing and his experience as past director of several comprehensive Head and Neck Surgery Cancer treatment  centers in New York was the inspiration for the creation and development of the BlueSleep centers. Sleep testing is done in patients' homes, and all treatments are available at the center, under one roof.

Dr. Stern is past Director of Head and Neck Surgery at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Saint Vincent's Hospital Manhattan.  He has over 100 publications and scientific presentations to his credit, and multiple awards for research and teaching.

He  is also best selling author of "Dropping Acid The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure", and producer of Music for Dreams a series of albums created to help those suffering from poor quality sleep obtain deep and restful sleep. To learn more about Dr. Stern, click here.


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"Sleep apnea is the disease of the decade" says Dr. Stern whose vision of the truly comprehensive sleep apnea and snoring center became a reality in 2009 when he created the first BlueSleep center in New York City.  Now he brings his 25 years of leadership in healthcare to small and large medical practices, and employers seeking to improve the quality of healthcare they can deliver.

​Consulting, research, and publications on home sleep testing and his experience as past director of several comprehensive Head and Neck Surgery Cancer treatment  centers in New York was the inspiration for the creation and development of the BlueSleep centers. Sleep testing is done in patients' homes, and all treatments are available at the center, under one roof.

Dr. Stern is past Director of Head and Neck Surgery at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, and Saint Vincent's Hospital Manhattan.  He has over 100 publications and scientific presentations to his credit, and multiple awards for research and teaching.

He  is also best selling author of "Dropping Acid The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure", and producer of Music for Dreams a series of albums created to help those suffering from poor quality sleep obtain deep and restful sleep. To learn more about Dr. Stern, click here.



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Welcome to BlueSleep®

The BlueSleep® Promise: Improve your Performance 
With a Personalized Treatment That Works for You

  • Home Sleep testing to find out if your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea.

  • In-office minimally invasive procedures for snoring and sleep apnea.

  • Custom-made oral appliances that cure snoring and sleep apnea.

  • Same day appliances for snoring.

  • CPAP treatment, adjustment, and mask fitting.


  • Insomnia treatment online, effective and affordable.
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  • Dr. Stern's New York Times Best Seller: Dropping Acid: the Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure. Reduce snoring and sleep apnea with a healthy diet.

  • Can't fall asleep? BlueSleep's Music for Dreams has helped thousands.

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Home Sleep Testing

Testing for sleep apnea in the comfort of your own home has many advantages instead of an overnight stay in a “sleep lab”:

  • Less disruption to your normal sleep since you are in your own environment and can sleep in any position.
  • The device used requires fewer electrodes and wires than the technician attended overnight Polysomnography sleep test.
  • No wasted time – Usually, only one night is required to diagnose the existence and severity of sleep apnea.

We have done thousands of home sleep tests, and have published research articles on the accuracy of home sleep testing in adults and children. To read more about this, click the links below.

Article 1.

Article 2.

There are several devices that can be used to test at home, some are more reliable than others. Most of our patients are tested with our Nox T3 home sleep testing devices, or the Apnea link air devices which have been shown to be very reliable in the thousands of home sleep tests BlueSleep has done. 

The home sleep device records breathing, body position, snoring, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, respiratory effort and body movement. In most cases one night is sufficient for a diagnosis, but in about 5% of cases the study needs to be repeated.

The test is interpreted by our board certified sleep physicians the day you return to the center for your follow-up visit. Part of the follow-up visit includes an in-depth discussion of all treatment options available for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.


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Sleep Apnea & Snoring

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is an intermittent interruption of breathing during sleep. Apneas or hypopneas (breathing pauses) can occur upwards of 50 times an hour and cause a very disrupted night’s sleep. This result is excessive daytime sleepiness, poor mental and physical performance during the day, and can lead to serious medical conditions. Because it happens at night it is often unrecognized both by the sufferers and their doctors.

Sleep Apnea can be a very serious condition and is associated with the development of many diseases including:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • irregular heart beats
  • stroke
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • memory loss
  • headaches
  • impotence
  • loss of sex drive

In children it can be associated with poor school performance and in some cases attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sleep apnea results from an obstruction of the upper breathing passages during sleep. When we breathe, air comes in through the nose and mouth and travels through relatively small passages in the back of the nose, the back of the throat, down to the deep part of the throat and finally into the lungs. Air enters the lungs through the voice box (larynx). Any obstruction or narrowing along this path can lead to an obstruction.

There are many causes for sleep apnea. A large tongue, a narrow jaw, family history, gaining weight, the shape of the face. Significant weight gain and obesity are almost always associated with sleep apnea because of a narrowing of the breathing passages and greater difficulty breathing when in deep sleep.

Sleep apnea is very common and may affect up to 30% of the population.

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Our Treatments For Sleep Apnea and Snoring

  • In office minimally invasive procedures (Radiofrequency treatments)
  • Custom made oral appliance therapy​​
  • Same day oral appliances for snoring
  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy)
  • Weight loss Programs Other treatments (diet, Didgeridoo, tongue exercises)
  • Exploring non-invasive alternatives

In Office Minimally Invasive Procedures:

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), is a minimally invasive procedure done in office to treat habitual snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

The procedure lasts only a few minutes and is performed under local anesthesia.

RFA can shrink the tissues of the soft palate and tongue and eliminate snoring and reduce or eliminate sleep apnea.

Treatment is repeated after 8 to 10 weeks in order to obtain
maximum result.

Custom-Made Oral Appliances:

Recent medical studies show that oral appliance therapy is as effective as CPAP in controlling sleep apnea. At BlueSleep, oral appliance therapy is offered to all patients who prefer this treatment for sleep apnea, or have been unable to tolerate CPAP.

Our staff has one of the largest experience in the US with oral appliances for sleep apnea; the devices are fitted and adjusted in our center. A home sleep study is performed with the appliance in place to confirm that the treatment is effective.

Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea is covered by medical insurance (not by dental insurance)

Before being fitted with an oral appliance, be sure to discuss your entire medical history with our practitioners especially if you have a history of temporomandibular disorder (TMD), have worn dental implants within the past year, have dentures or are undergoing orthodontic treatment, have loose teeth, abscesses or gum disease, or if you have a history of asthma, emphysema, or any other respiratory disorder.

Need your oral appliance today? Let us know!

Same Day Appliances:

For snoring, or mild to moderate sleep apnea, a same day appliance can be made in a few minutes during your consultation with our specialists at BlueSleep. Same day appliances are semi-custom made, and are adjustable. They work the same way as fully custom oral appliances by keeping the lower jaw forward during sleep, and keeping the airway open.

Advantages of same day appliances is mainly price and convenience of getting an immediate treatment for your snoring (in some cases these appliances are also effective for sleep apnea).

Disadvantages is that they tend to be less comfortable, more bulky, and do not last as long as custom appliances. They have no warranty.

Getting married tomorrow, going on a camping trip and sharing a tent with buddies or girlfriends?

Give it a try.

Same day appliances are also a way to help you decide if you will be able to sleep with an oral appliance, before commiting to the fully custom made design.

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The Didgeridoo and Sleep Apnea

The practice of the didgeridoo has been clinically proven to treat sleep apnea and snoring.

In 2006 the British Medical Journal reported a study that compared two groups of patients with moderate sleep apnea: one group that practiced 6 days a week for 25 minutes and another group which did not play didgeridoo. They found that the group that practiced didgeridoo had a significant decrease in their snoring and great improvement in their sleep apnea.

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Can't Sleep?

Try the Natural Sounds of BlueSleep's own Music for Dreams, to help you into a deep and restorative sleep: Performed by award winning pianist Magdalena Baczewska

Try it, and tell us what you think!

More About Music for Dreams

Studies have shown that relaxation in the form of calming classical music can help patients with sleep disorders including insomnia and sleep apnea.

CPAP adherence can be improved by using relaxation music CDs and an instructional script. A prospective randomized controlled study showed a significant improvement in CPAP compliance in the first month of therapy.
(reference: Patient Education Combined in a Music and Habit-Forming Intervention for Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway (CPAP) Prescribed for Sleep Apnea. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Feb; 74(2):184-190).

Relaxation is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) in the treatment guidelines for Insomnia. Let BlueSleep improve your sleep in the most gentle and soothing manner.

BlueSleep’s existing "Music for Dreams" collection consists of carefully selected pieces for solo piano from thousands of works, spanning over three centuries of repertoire. As opposed to a live performance where the goal is to maintain the audience’s attention; "Music for Dreams" creates an atmosphere that helps the listener’s thoughts drift away. The performance dynamic contrasts were de-emphasized and the microphones in the studio were positioned to make the powerful Steinway concert grand piano sound distant, soft, and dreamy. The pieces were arranged in a very particular order, transitioning from the shorter and more lyrical ones to longer, more introspective, and highly meditative compositions. The key structure in the set was also meant to help prevent any excessive dissonant auditory stimulation. This technique was designed to create a natural fade-out, simulating closing eyelids and the slowing heartbeat of a person drifting off to sleep.

It takes an average of 10-20 minutes to fall asleep (the sleep onset latency time) from the time one lies down in bed at night. To account for the individual variations in sleep latency times, we made "Music for Dreams" a 45-minute collection. This allows most of the listeners to be sound asleep well before the end of the recording. Many of those who have already experienced "Music for Dreams" admit to dozing off after only a few tracks.

Click below to buy our Music For Dreams:

Music for Dreams, Vol. 1 - Magdalena Baczewska

Music for Dreams, Vol. 2 - Magdalena Baczewska

Music for Dreams, Vol. 3 - Magdalena Baczewska 

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Michelle M. Mendick, FNP

Michelle M. Mendick, FNP, has extensive experience in ENT and Sleep Medicine care. She completed a six month training course with Dr. Stern—founder and medical director of BlueSleep—in Ear, Nose and Throat, and Sleep Medicine. She is double board certified by the AANP and ANCC. Michelle’s previous experience includes family medicine, internal medicine, primary care, urgent care and college health.

After graduation, Michelle managed a busy family medicine practice in New York City for over one year and also mentored and precept many medical students. Spending more than five hundred hours of clinical time prior to graduation, Michelle also worked as a registered nurse in orthopedic and medical/surgical care while attending graduate school. She was inducted in Sigma Theta Tau based on her excellence in scholarship. Michelle received her Bachelors in Nursing and her Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Buffalo.

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Nicole Addeo, Audiologist & Hearing Aid Specialist

Nicole Addeo is a licensed audiologist and hearing aid specialist whose experience at BlueSleep has demonstrated and proven her understanding of the strong connection between hearing loss and sleep apnea. Dr. Addeo’s area of expertise is in performing comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluations and the fitting of assistive listening and amplification devices. Dr. Addeo specializes in providing a wide variety of made to order hearing protection and custom-designed earpieces. 

Dr. Addeo has been employed by esteemed sites such as Manhattan Audiology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Mill Neck School for the Deaf, and at the highly respected not-for-profit organization, the Center for Hearing and Communication clinical experience as well as from the audiology departments at Hofstra, Adelphi, and St. John’s Universities. Dr. Addeo received her Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University, with a major in speech-language-hearing sciences and a minor in linguistics. She obtained her Doctorate in Audiology from the Long Island Consortium. Dr. Addeo is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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Christie Block, MA, MS, CCC-SLP

Christie Block, MA, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed and board-certified Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 20 years of experience as a clinical specialist, teacher, and trainer of speech-language pathology, ESL, public speaking, and linguistics. Her clinical expertise includes voice disorders, transgender voice, singing/acting voice, stuttering, speech/accent, neurological disorders, snoring, swallowing, and public speaking.

Christie collaborates with a number of otolaryngologists, transgender health providers, head & neck surgeons, and singing/acting specialists to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment, and training. She conducts state-of-the-art testing, including videostroboscopy, acoustic analysis, flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, and pharyngeal-esophageal manometric analysis.

Christie is a committed advocate of the transgender community. She is one of the few SLPs in private practice who dedicates a large portion of her practice to voice and communication training for transgender people. Christie’s interest in transgender voice and gender expression developed out of her background in language and gender studies. In addition to providing one-on-one voice testing/training, Christie actively gives presentations in the transgender community, teaches classes and workshops for transpeople, and trains other speech-language pathologists in transgender care.

Christie’s history of service extends across a wide variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds in business, outpatient, rehabilitation, hospital, home, and academic settings. Client languages include but are not limited to the following: Chinese, French, French-Creole, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and non-standard American English dialects.

Christie holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Asian Languages and Literature (Mandarin Chinese) from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Linguistics from the Ohio State University, and an M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is a certified provider of the Lee Silverman Treatment Program (LSVT) and a provider of the SpeechEasy fluency device. She is also trained in LMRVT, VFE, and Estill. Current memberships include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, New York Voice Study Group, Extramural Laryngeal Rounds, the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Working Group on Gender, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Christie regularly gives presentations and workshops at conferences and associations, including the following: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) Community Health Center, Bronx Community Pride Center, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Crossdressers International, Empire Conference (TransEvents USA), FemmeFever, Fifth North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) – Bilingual Education State Convention, LeFemme Finishing School, Mid-South Conference on Communication Disorders, Midwest Regional TESOL Convention, New York Otolaryngology Group, New York Voice Study Group, New York University, Trans* Behavioral Healthcare Training / Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Queens Pride House, Southern Comfort Conference, Total Woman Business Conference, Voice Institute of New York, Working Group on Gender, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

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Ariel Cross, DDS

Ariel Cross DDS is a practicing general dentist with an extensive clinical background in obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Cross has been working at BlueSleep since 2014 and is one of the top producers of oral appliances for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in the New York metropolitan area.

Dr. Cross graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a major in Biology and minor in Art. She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at University of Maryland in Baltimore with an advanced fellowship in implant dentistry. She graduated in the top 25% of her class and received the Dean's community service award. She then went on to complete a general practice residency in dentistry from Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn.
 
Dr. Ariel Cross works in private practice in Manhattan as a general dentist and has completed additional training in sleep medicine and dental sleep medicine.She is a volunteer for the Alpha Omega Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program and Mission of Mercy Maryland dental team. 

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News

  1. Dr. Stern with PIX11 News reporter Kirstin Cole and cameraman Dave Kimmel during the shoot of today's PIX11 piece on sleep paralysis.
  2. WPIX PIX 11 Morning News interviews Dr. Stern about sleep paralysis
  3. The U.S. Women's World Cup champions were saluted Friday with a ticker-tape parade along New York's Canyon of Heroes, passing right in front of BlueSleep's office on Broadway!


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Location
BlueSleep Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center
65 Broadway, Suite 901
Financial District

New York, NY 10006
Phone: 6465822057
Fax: 646-731-6880
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BlueSleep Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center
65 Broadway
Suite 901
New York, NY 10006