Respiratory therapists help you breathe. For hospitalized patients of any age, these highly skilled, highly trained practitioners provide much-needed oxygen. Their role in easing pain and saving lives is vital for critically ill babies, trauma patients and people of all ages with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary... Read more
People who suffer from severe asthma symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life may benefit from bronchial thermoplasty (BT) treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center.
BT is a minimally invasive procedure that has been clinically proven to reduce asthma exacerbations. “Most people with asthma are able... Read more
If you are having trouble falling asleep, take a close look at how much caffeine you are consuming in the afternoon and evening; it may be the culprit.
The reason you feel sleepy is because of a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine. The longer you stay... Read more
When you do not sleep enough, the negative effects stretch far beyond grumpiness during the day. Lack of sleep can have serious long-term consequences, including obesity and heart disease.
“Studies have shown that people with short sleep times (generally less than six hours a day) are more... Read more
The snoring from sleep apnea may disturb your household. The other symptoms of sleep apnea – interrupted breathing, shortness of breath, reduced oxygen – can eventually endanger your life. For the sake of yourself and the people around you, follow these steps to manage your condition.
First... Read more
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have difficulty with breathing. COPD can include chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both. With bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs become blocked with mucus, making it hard to breathe. With emphysema, tiny air sacs in the lungs... Read more
If you feel tired all the time, there could be a medical reason … or you might just be taking on too much in your life. Here are some reasons you could be experiencing fatigue:
Underactive thyroid: Called “hypothyroidism,” this condition occurs when your body does not... Read more
If you suspect you might have sleep problems, a home sleep study could be an option for you. In addition to offering sleep studies in a sleep lab, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center provides an at-home option for patients who cannot have an in-lab... Read more
While drinking a small amount of alcohol can help you sleep better in the first part of the night, it is not an effective sleep aid and can seriously disrupt your sleep cycle.
"Alcohol creates problems in the second half of the sleep cycle, causing fitful sleep,... Read more
While almost everyone has trouble sleeping occasionally, chronic insomnia can become a big problem. There are many possible causes of insomnia, including:
Anxiety: Whether you have temporary anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it can seriously disrupt sleep. “Sometimes, simply worrying about whether you will fall asleep... Read more
Narcolepsy is a brain disorder that causes persons to have poor control over sleep-wake cycles throughout the day. Someone with narcolepsy may experience daytime drowsiness or suddenly fall asleep during work, school or another part of the day.
At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Sleep Disorders Center, experienced... Read more
Depression and sleep disorders are closely linked. In some cases, depression can cause problems with sleep, and in others, certain sleep disorders can contribute to depression.
“One of the many purposes of sleep is to restore you,” says Michael T. Jedlinski, MD, FACP, internal medicine physician, Saint... Read more
You might think watching a TV show or spending some time on the Internet will relax you before you sleep. But researchers have found the opposite to be true: The light from a tablet device, phone or TV stimulates brain activity, delaying the release of the... Read more
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping.
“If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to your... Read more
Breathing heavily when exercising is normal. Coughing, wheezing and chest pain when exercising may be asthma. “Some people experience asthma symptoms when they’re exercising, but they don’t attribute their breathing problems to asthma because they don’t suffer from the disorder at other times,” says W. Keith Graham,... Read more
Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMS) occurs when your legs involuntarily move while sleeping. It can cause significant problems with nighttime sleep, which in turn leads to daytime drowsiness.
“PLMS can be the result of an underlying condition, such as diabetes, anemia, or a spinal cord injury, or... Read more
If you suffer from chronic respiratory disease and frequently experience shortness of breath, your doctor may give you a referral for pulmonary rehabilitation.
“Conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be limiting, but you can still lead a full life when you learn how to... Read more
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder in which a person experiences a “creepy-crawly” feeling in his or her legs and has an irresistible urge to move them — most often when lying or sitting down. It is considered a sleep disorder because it can significantly... Read more
If you frequently snore and experience daytime drowsiness, you may suffer from sleep apnea. There are three different types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea is when your airway becomes blocked during sleep.
Central sleep apnea is when your brain does not signal the muscles that... Read more
When your body is transitioning between different stages of sleep, you may feel like you are conscious but unable to move. This condition is called sleep paralysis and can occur in as many as four out of every 10 people. “When you sleep, your body moves... Read more