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Sleep Disorders

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Appetite Stimulation

Symptom and description

Loss of appetite is a loss of the desire to eat. Not eating can lead to weight loss. Weight loss can cause weakness and fatigue, which affect your ability to perform normal activities. Proper nutrition also helps your body prevent and fight infection. Weight loss or lack of appetite may be due to the cancer or sometimes to treatments for the cancer.

Learning needs

You will need to learn the possible causes for loss of appetite and inform your doctor of the signs. You should report the following causes for loss of appetite:

  • Tiredness

  • Pain

  • Taste changes, such as with sugar, salt, caffeine, meat

  • Side effects from medications

Prevention and management

Increasing food intake is important in maintaining your weight. Maintaining your weight will help you perform your daily activities.

To stimulate appetite:

  • Eat small meals 5 to 6 times a day.

  • Limit liquids around meal time to avoid feeling full quickly. Drink liquids at least 30 minutes before meals.

  • Help family members plan meals you would like to eat.

  • Eat in pleasant surroundings in the company of friends and/or family.

  • Try using plastic utensils and cook in a glass pot if foods have a metal taste.

  • Allow others to prepare foods to your liking.

  • Avoid the area where food is being prepared if aromas bother you.

  • Serve cold foods if odors bother you.

  • Plan light exercise before meals.

  • Try new recipes.

  • Avoid cigarette smoke or smoking, which can affect your sense of smell, thus changing your sense of taste.

To avoid a feeling of fullness:

  • Avoid high-fat foods.

  • Drink liquids at least 30 minutes before meals.

  • Chew food slowly.

  • Avoid gas-forming foods, such as cabbage or broccoli and carbonated liquids such as beer or soda.

Safety considerations:

  • Cook all raw protein foods, such as eggs, meats, poultry, fish.

  • Thaw frozen foods in refrigerator or microwave, not at room temperature.

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables.

  • Use only pasteurized dairy products.

  • Wash hands well with soap and water when preparing or serving foods.

  • Use strict cleaning procedures for all utensils and cooking/storage containers.

  • Refrigerate all foods in need of refrigeration after shopping or meal completion.

  • Serve hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Avoid leaving foods at room temperature.

  • Do not use foods beyond expiration dates.

Other methods of appetite stimulation may include the use of medications approved as appetite stimulants, as recommended by your doctor.

To manage side effects:

  • Report any side effects to your doctor or nurse, for instance, dry mouth, mouth sores, nausea and vomiting, or constipation.

  • Ask if your medication needs changing.

  • Keep a log or diary of changes in mood, appetite, or other feelings you experience.

Management of weight loss or lack of appetite is aimed at increasing food intake. To monitor your success:

  • You may be asked to keep a food diary.

  • Your weight should be recorded regularly.


Notify your nurse and/or doctor if any of the following occur:

  • Unable to drink fluids.

  • Feeling dizzy when standing.

  • Unable to take solid food.

  • Change in diet habits.

Do you snore or have a difficult time staying awake during the day?

A Broward Health Sleep Disorder Center can help! We offer sleep testing (polysomnography), Home Sleep Studies, CPAP education, Pillar Procedure, and comprehensive treatment plans. Our Sleep Disorder Centers are conveniently located at Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health Coral Springs, and Broward Health North. Our experts are trained in identifying and treating sleep disorders. At Broward Health Coral Springs, we also evaluate, diagnose and treat sleep disorders in children.

Sleep Disorders may range from a variety of problems such as:

  • Breathing problems: Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing becomes shallow or stops while you sleep. It is usually associated with loud snoring and daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, sleep apnea may cause heart disease, obesity, stroke, and increased mortality.
  • Neurological problems: Narcolepsy, a condition that causes sudden uncontrollable sleepiness, vivid dreaming, "sleep attacks," a loss of muscle control and sometime hallucinations.
  • Insomnia: The inability to initiate and or maintain sleep. Often, this may be due to emotional or situational circumstances. If it lasts more than a few weeks, you may have a more serious problem.

These are some of the most common problems associated with 84 of the known sleeping disorders.
Symptoms of a sleep disorder may include:

  • daytime sleepiness
  • drowsiness while driving
  • difficulty concentrating
  • morning headache
  • snoring
  • hypertension
  • Diabetes

Sleep Disorder Centers at Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health Coral Springs, and Borward Health North can help you diagnose and treat any sleep disorder issues.

Scheduling an Appointment

If you are concerned about the quantity and quality of your sleep or your bed partner has made comments to you about your snoring or other related sleep problems, consult with your primary care physician or specialist. If appropriate, your physician will refer you to the Sleep Disorder Center.

Broward Health Medical Center
1600 S Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Broward Health Coral Springs
3000 Coral Hills Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Broward Health North
201 E Sample Road
Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

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