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Shilpa Kauta, M.D. - ChristianaCare. Newark, DE, US

Shilpa Kauta, M.D.

Director for the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center | ChristianaCare


Dr. Shilpa Kauta currently serves as the Medical Director for the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center.


Shilpa Kauta, M.D. earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Miami and her medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2007. She completed her intern year in medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. She then moved to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency in neurology and a fellowship in sleep medicine. She currently serves as the Medical Director for the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center.

Areas of Expertise (1)

Sleep Medicine

Education (1)

University of Miami: M.D. 2007






The Science of Sleep with Dr. Shilpa Kauta Welcome to the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center


Media Appearances (4)

Surviving the time switch: How falling back an hour impacts more than just your sleep

ABC7 Chicago  online


"Most people adjust relatively well, but there are some that struggle with it more than others," explained Shilpa Kauta, M.D., the medical director of the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center in Newark, Delaware. "Sleep is a cornerstone to our health and our wellness, just like nutrition and exercise."

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ChristianaCare opens sleep wellness center

Delaware Business Times  online


“At the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center, we offer the full range of sleep care services in one place, with the expertise to help people with all kinds of sleep disorders,” Dr. Shilpa Kauta, medical director of the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center, said in a statement. “Sleep disorders affect members of every race, socioeconomic class and age group, but despite the high prevalence of sleep disorders, many people remain undiagnosed and untreated.”

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Del. doc: Bedtime routines and boring activities can help to fall asleep

The News Journal  online


The News Journal spoke with Dr. Shilpa Kauta, the medical director of the Christiana Care Sleep Disorders Center, about easy ways Delawareans can get a better night's sleep.

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Best Cooling Sheets for 2024: Tested and Reviewed

CNET  online


"Sleeping in a cool environment helps promote and protect the sleep onset process," Dr. Shilpa Kauta, medical director of the ChristianaCare Sleep Wellness Center, told CNET in an email. "It also can help you stay asleep and reach deeper stages of sleep, and, ultimately, wake up feeling more rested and energized." Cotton and linen are good options because they're breathable, Kauta said. Bamboo and eucalyptus are even better -- they're softer, hypoallergenic and able to wick moisture away if you get hot flashes or night sweats. "They tend to cost more but can be worth it to have cooler sleep," she added. "My personal favorite is bamboo sheets -- they feel cool and cozy at the same time." All of our experts said to avoid synthetic bedding, like polyester and nylon. "They can trap heat and increase your body temperature during sleep," according to Kauta. They also gave the thumbs down to satin, flannel and silk, which can feel cool to the touch but are not breathable.

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Selected Papers and Publications (3)

Surface EMG activity during REM sleep in Parkinson’s disease correlates with disease severity

Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

2014 Over 40% of individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD). This is associated with excessive sustained (tonic) or intermittent (phasic) muscle activity instead of the muscle atonia normally seen during REM sleep. We examined characteristics of manually-quantitated surface EMG activity in PD to ascertain whether the extent of muscle activity during REM sleep is associated with specific clinical features and measures of disease severity.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Hospitalized Cardiac Patients: A Reduction in 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

2014 Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with significant cardiovascular sequelae and positive airway pressure (PAP) has been shown to improve heart failure and prevent the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in cardiac patients with sleep apnea. Patients who are hospitalized with cardiac conditions frequently have witnessed symptoms of SDB but often do not have a diagnosis of sleep apnea. We implemented a clinical paradigm to perform unattended sleep studies and initiate treatment with PAP in hospitalized cardiac patients with symptoms consistent with SDB.

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Cases of pediatric narcolepsy after misdiagnoses

Pediatric Neurology

2012 Narcolepsy is characterized by recurrent brief attacks of irresistible sleepiness. Signs can begin during childhood. However, diagnoses are frequently delayed by 10-15 years because of unfamiliarity with pediatric narcolepsy and variable presentations of its associated features (cataplexy, hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis). Therefore, patients may remain untreated during their formative years. Three children with narcolepsy who were initially misdiagnosed are described. Each child's signs were initially related to depression, hypothyroidism, jaw dysfunction, or conversion disorder. However, after a multiple sleep latency test, the diagnosis of narcolepsy was established.

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