Sleep Disorders

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.

Follow-up

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?

At the Sleep Disorder Center at Broward Health Medical Center, we can help!

Finally, relief for your sleep problems can be found at the Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Medical Center. The Center is one of the most comprehensive facilities in Broward County and is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We provide physician evaluations, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment for all adult sleep-related disorders.

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

The Sleep Center at Broward Health Medical Center can help you diagnose and treat any sleep disorder issues. 

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Sleep Testing (Polysomnography)

Polysomnography is performed on patients that are suspected of having a sleeping disorder. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is non-invasive. Monitoring devices are attached to the patient's head and body. The application of these monitoring devices causes no discomfort to the patient.

Testing is done in a private, comfortable bedroom (each room is outfitted with a private bathroom and personal shower), with a sleep technologist monitoring sleep patterns in a separate control room. The technologist is available all night to make sure the patient is comfortable, safe and to provide the physician with an excellent recording.

The test is done at night from 8:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. At the conclusion of the test the patient is free to resume his or her normal daily routine.

NEW! In order to accommodate our patients, we now offer Home Sleep Studies. Now that insurance companies are requesting patients to be screened and tested at home, and we can now diagnose you at home, if obstructive sleep apnea is your only issue, we can now perform the treatment phase at home also.  Treatment of Sleep Apnea should not be a stressful process; we have listened to your needs and are ready to work hard to make it easier for both the physician and the patient.

Our center also now provides PAP Naps. If you presently use CPAP and have issues with your mask, or if you cannot tolerate CPAP, we can work with you, provide education and increase your compliance with CPAP and overall health. We see patients daily in our sleep center and can perform both day and night time studies.

Medical Expertise

The Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Medical Center is under the direction of Dr. Glenn Singer, MD Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine. It is one of the few centers in the Broward County area that has three board-certified sleep physicians certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine to personally conduct your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. The technical staff are board-certified or eligible by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Comprehensive care involves primary and specialist care, including:

  • neurologists
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • dentists
  • ear, nose and throat specialists
  • maxillo facial surgeons
  • and more

The Center is committed to providing the highest quality and the most comprehensive care.

Treatment and Follow Up

Once an accurate diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is designed. Depending on the sleep disorder, treatment could involve a number of approaches, including a medication or a change from an existing medication, medical equipment for use at home, psychological counseling or surgery. A comprehensive sleep report with recommendations will be sent to your primary care physician and/or specialist.

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.

For additional information on sleep disorders, please call 954-355-5532.

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