- Rio Rancho
- Los Alamos
Mrs. Krygier has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1993. Barbara graduated with a B.S. degree in nursing from the University of Oregon School of Nursing in 1968. In her years as a registered nurse, she was a pediatric head nurse, a nursing supervisor, adult head nurse, occupational health & public health nurse in Alaska, and nursing instructor. While in Alaska she obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
She graduated with honors (1993) from the University of South Florida with a Master of Science Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Since becoming a nurse practitioner, she acquired seven year’s experience in psychiatry. While practicing in psychiatry, she provided care for adults, children, elderly, and patients with chemical dependencies. Following her experience in psychiatry, she spent seven years in clinical research where she was a sub investigator for clinical trials on many of the medications used for sleep and restless legs. For the past seven years she has worked in Sleep Medicine, concentrating on insomnia.
At QSS, Barbara will be providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia patients based on the format provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is to treat insomnia without medications by use of carefully structured counseling for patients in a comfortable clinical setting (either one-to-one or in a group setting) with ample opportunity for interactive discussion and education. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia has been shown to be more effective than most currently available pharmacological treatments for chronic insomnia. It can enable patients to alter lifestyle and sleep hygiene issues, including those with chronic pain, obstructive sleep apnea, psychiatric issues, life stressors, e.g., family, financial etc. Patients are required to keep a sleep diary during the course of treatment to identify and address poor sleep habits that many insomniacs have acquired over time. Other components of cognitive behavioral therapy include stimulus control therapy, sleep restriction therapy and relaxation therapy.