Welcome to the Academy of Sleep & Wellness

The mission of the Academy of Sleep and Wellness is to cultivate knowledge and facilitate education in public, patient, professional and corporate communities on the vital role sleep plays in promoting and maintaining health and quality of life.

In addition to exercise and nutrition, quality sleep is vital to wellness. Great sleep helps improve mood, memory, reaction time and athletic performance. Poor sleep, through established chemical reactions in the body, can lead to making unhealthy nutritional choices and decrease motivation to exercise. It can also increase risk for heart disease, stroke and automobile accidents.

Poor sleep can stem from bad habits that compromise your sleep to a multitude of sleep disorders. Although more complicated issues may involve working with a sleep medicine professional to resolve, many of these issues are easily addressed with direct patient education about the problem.

Many health care professionals are inadequately educated about sleep’s affects on the wellness of their patients. Knowledge about sleep and wellness in the hands of health care professionals can improve both the general wellness of their patients as well as improving the course of many comorbid conditions.

The ACADEMY OF SLEEP AND WELLNESS provides educational programs for a wide range of audiences from public to medical professionals.

Become a Member!

The mission of The Academy of Sleep and Wellness is to cultivate knowledge and facilitate education in public, patient, professional and corporate communities on the vital role sleep plays in promoting and maintaining health and quality of life. Become a member of the Academy of Sleep and Wellness today!

What We Offer:

  • Essentials of Clinical Sleep Health and Education online course for health care professionals
  • Nursing Education Sleep Series (NESS): an online 6 module sleep educational series for nurses
  • CPSGT Online Exam Prep
  • RPSGT Exam Prep Webinar
  • Sleep Staging and Event Scoring Webinar
  • In person CPR classes
  • Annual Wellness Conferences
  • Online courses and continuing education for healthcare professionals, patients and public
Membership Benefits:

  • Discount on Continuing Education Programs for a wide range of medical professionals
  • Tools to Assist in Promoting Healthy Sleep
  • Updates on the latest trends in the Sleep Community
  • Collaborate with sleep professionals to discuss effective disorder management or provide support
  • Informational Quarterly Newsletter
  • Discount on Annual Wellness Conferences

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About the Academy

The ACADEMY OF SLEEP AND WELLNESS was established in 2017 as an independent educational body arising from the very successful education arm of Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers. With this separation, the ACADEMY OF SLEEP AND WELLNESS brought with it technologists and educators with decades of experience in their respective fields, including the holder of the first professional Polysomnographer License ever issued in the state of Delaware.

The ACADEMY OF SLEEP AND WELLNESS provides education for many different audiences including public, patients, corporations and occupational health programs as well as current and potential health professionals. Education is available in multiple formats ranging from live in-person presentations to self-paced online programs.


Grace R. DenaultLyron DeputyLucille C. Gambardella

Grace R. Denault, BA, RPSGT, RST, CCSH

Ms. Denault has been involved with Sleep Medicine for almost 3 decades. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 1988. She holds Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) credential #720 (there are currently more 17,000).

In addition to her RPSGT, she also received the Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) credential during its inaugural year and Certification in Clinical Sleep Health in 2017. Her experience in sleep medicine includes front-line patient care, management, research, education and legislative activities. She has worked on item development for national sleep technologist exams.

Ms. Denault has been Secretary and President of the Delaware Sleep Society and was instrumental in shepherding the Delaware Professional Polysomnographer act into law. Ms. Denault holds the first Professional Polysomnographer license ever issued in the state of Delaware and she is a member of the Polysomnography Advisory Council to the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.

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Lyron Deputy, MSN, MBA, APN-BC, CEO

Mr. Deputy received his AS from Wesley College in 1999.  After working several years in clinical settings, he returned to Wesley to earn his MSN and obtain certification as an advanced practice nurse. He also took several undergraduate business courses before earning his MBA from Wilmington University.

Mr. Deputy skillfully combined his clinical and business skills to open Delmarva Sleep Diagnostics in 2004. In 2007 the business merged with other health care organizations and a group of physicians, becoming Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers.  Most recently, in 2017, he formed The ACADEMY OF SLEEP AND WELLNESS from the successful education arm of Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers.

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Lucille C. Gambardella, PhD, APN-BC,CNE

Dr. Lucille Gambardella is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing, Boston University with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in adult psychiatric/mental health nursing and Columbia Pacific University with a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Leadership Development.

Dr. Gambardella, or Dr. G. as her students and colleague call her, has been a nurse educator and psychiatric/mental health nurse clinician for over 40 years and has taught in diploma, associate, baccalaureate and master degree programs in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware. She is an accomplished nurse educator and nurse clinician and is certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and as a nurse educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing Nurse Credentialing Center. She is a Fellow of the National League for Nursing (ANEF) for outstanding leadership and contributions to nursing education practice. As a teaching professor, her clinical focus was in psychiatric/mental health nursing. In 1980, she moved into the role of Chairperson at Bloomsburg University in PA and taught leadership and professional studies along with her administrative duties. She began teaching at Wesley College in 1984 and became chair in 1994 and held that role as well as the Director of Graduate Studies in Nursing since that time.

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