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By Dr. Rosalyn Aranas and Dr. Esmeralda
September 23, 2014
Category: Neurology
Tags: Sleep  
Restful SleepA good night’s rest should be a must, not a luxury. That’s the message sleep medicine physicians Dr. Rosalyn Aranas and Dr. Esmeralda Park share with their Schaumburg sleep medicine patients at Neurology & Sleep Clinics of Chicago.
 
Sleep disorders interfere in some way with a person getting a good night’s rest. For example, sleep apnea causes a person to take pauses in breathing while sleeping, which can cause them to wake up several times over the course of a night. Restless leg syndrome causes a person to have a frequent tingling sensation or jerking to the legs, which can keep a person awake. Insomnia prohibits a person from falling or staying asleep. Narcolepsy is another condition that causes a person to unknowingly experience “sleep attacks” where he or she falls asleep without intending to.
 
Regardless of your sleep disorder, our physicians and healthcare team at Neurology & Sleep Clinics of Chicago can help diagnose your condition and find a solution to help them achieve a better night’s rest.
 
 

Sleep Disorders are Highly Treatable and Can Enhance a Patient’s Quality of Life

 
 
While each sleep disorder has its own unique characteristics, some signs a patient may be experiencing a sleep disorder include feeling sleepy throughout the day, awaking with his or her own snoring, awaking as if you have fallen asleep, feeling constantly sleepy even when you have had a full night’s rest.
 
Sleep disorders are more than a minor nuisance—they affect a person’s health and job performance. If a person suspects they may have a sleep disorder, we can perform a health history and potentially schedule a sleep study to examine the person’s sleep behaviors.
 
Treating sleep disorders can be complicated and take several approaches. This includes everything from medications to machines that aid in sleeping to working on practicing better sleep hygiene habits. But whatever the condition, the experts at Neurology & Sleep Clinics of Chicago often have a solution that helps patients finally achieve a healthy night’s sleep.
 
If you have the symptoms of a sleep disorder, call Neurology & Sleep Clinics of Chicago, S.C. to make an appointment to see a sleep medicine physician at (847) 929-4420. To learn about additional services Dr. Aranas and Dr. Park offer, please explore our practice website for more information.
Many people in Schaumburg underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep until they’ve gone without one. To meet the demands of our fast-paced society, sleep is becoming more and more necessary, though neurology experts have found that people are sleeping at least 20% less now than they did 100 years ago. There are approximately 80 different sleep disorders prevalent in our society today. Here’s a quick look at just a few of them.
 
 

Insomnia

 
People with insomnia often feel they do not get enough sleep at night. If you lie awake in your bed until the wee hours of the morning, but still feel restless, you may be a part of the 30% of Americans who suffers from insomnia. Other characteristics of this disorder include waking up frequently during sleep. Causes of insomnia can vary from person to person, but have been linked to these triggers:
 
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Taking certain medications
 
Studies have shown that those who suffer from chronic bouts of insomnia have a significantly higher risk of having serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression.
 
 

Snoring

 
Snoring is a problem that occurs in many adults. A snore is produced by air rattling over the relaxed tissues of the throat. For many people, the noise produced can be quite bothersome, keeping other family members awake. Snoring stems from several causes, but can ultimately be a sign of a much more serious sleep condition—sleep apnea.
 
 

Sleep Apnea

 
Sleep Apnea is a treatable but serious sleep disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans. This condition occurs when the upper airway becomes completely or partially blocked and interrupts regular breathing. Most people with sleep apnea are startled awake when their breathing stops. Risk factors for sleep apnea include being male, overweight, and over 40 years old. However, sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age—even children.
 
 
For more information about sleep disorders in the Schaumburg, IL area and how to treat them, contact Neurology & Sleep Clinics of Chicago at (847) 929-4420.
By Rosalyn M. Aranas, M.D.
April 16, 2014
Category: Neurology
Tags: Epilepsy  
If you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with epilepsy it can be scary and overwhelming to understand. You may have a lot of questions about epilepsy, so let’s take a closer look at epilepsy, what it is and everything in between so that you can better understand.
 
 

What is Epilepsy?

 
 
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system.  It is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures that were not caused by a known medical condition. In other terms, they were unprovoked, which means they were not brought on by a clear cause such as alcohol withdrawal, heart problems or extremely low blood sugar.  The seizures experienced might be the result of a hereditary tendency or a brain injury, but the cause is ultimately unknown.
 
 
It is often hard to pinpoint the exact cause of epilepsy in a particular individual, but some things that can make a person more likely to develop epilepsy are:
 
  • A brain injury caused by a car crash or bike accident
     
  • An infection or illness that affected the developing brain of a fetus during pregnancy
     
  • Lack of oxygen to an infant’s brain during childbirth
     
  • Meningitis, or any type of infection that affects the brain
     
  • Brain tumors or strokes
     
  • Poisoning such as lead or alcohol poisoning
 
 
Epilepsy is not contagious and it is not passed down through families in the same way your blue eyes or brown hair are. However, someone who has a close relative with epilepsy may have a slightly higher risk for it than someone who has no family history of seizures.
 
 
Contact our office today for more information on epilepsy and to learn about your options.
By Rosalyn M. Aranas, M.D.
April 16, 2014
Category: Neurology
Tags: Headaches  
headacheWe have all experienced a headache at one point in our life—some more than others. But what is a headache? A headache is commonly defined as pain that begins in your head or upper neck.  The pain originates fro the tissues and structures that surround the brain because the brain itself has no nerves that give rise to the sensation of pain. The pain of a headache may be described as a dull ache, sharp, throbbing, constant, mild or intense. A headache may also appear gradually or suddenly and may last as little as less than an hour or even for several days.
 
 

What Causes a Headache?

 
 
A primary headache, which means it isn’t the symptoms of an underlying disease, is caused by problems with or overuse of pain-sensitive structures in your head. Have you ever experienced a headache after a stressful situation such as filing your taxes? When this occurs, chemical activity in your brain, the nerves or blood vessels of your head outside your skill, or muscles of your head and neck may play a role.  Some people may also carry genes that make them more prone to developing headaches.
 
Most of the time, primary headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors, such as:
 
  • Alcohol
     
  • Certain foods
     
  • Changes in sleep
     
  • Poor posture
     
  • Skipped meals
     
  • Stress
 
Another form of headaches are considered secondary, which means they are a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. Any number of conditions can cause secondary headaches including:
 
  • Acute sinusitis
     
  • Blood clot
     
  • Brain tumor
     
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
     
  • Brain aneurysm
     
  • Concussion
     
  • Dehydration
     
  • Hangovers
     
  • Glaucoma
     
  • Panic attacks
 
Regardless of the cause, it is important to seek care to find relief from the pain of your headaches. We can work with you to determine if an underlying issue causes your headache, or if it is due to your lifestyle. Remember, you don’t have to put up with pain caused by headaches, which is why it is important to seek care to find the cause.
By Rosalyn M. Aranas, M.D
April 16, 2014
Category: Neurology
Tags: Stroke  
stroke A stroke is caused by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. When this occurs, many people will experience an array of symptoms including:
 
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Vision problems
  • Confusion
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech
 
When it comes to a stroke, the outcome is determined based on where it occurs and how much of the brain is affected.  Smaller strokes might result in minor problems, while major strokes may lead to paralysis or death.  Anyone can suffer from stroke, and while many risk factors are out of our control, several can be kept in line through proper nutrition and medical care.
 
 

How Do I Know if I am Having a Stroke?

 
 
If you think you are having a stroke, an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke is F.A.S.T. When you can spot the signs, you will know that you need to call 9-1-1 immediately. Let’s take a look at what F.A.S.T. stands for:
 
 
Face Drooping – Does one side of your face droop or is it numb. By smiling you can tell if a person’s smile is uneven, which would indicate facial drooping.
 
 
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? It doesn’t have to be only the left arm, if one arm drifts downward while the other remains raised this is another indicator of stroke.
 
 
Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? If a person is unable to speak or their speech is difficult to understand, help is needed immediately.
 
 
Time to Call 9-1-1 – If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Even if the symptoms go away it is important to get to the hospital immediately. And remember to check the time so you know when the first symptoms appeared—this will help in the emergency room.
 
 
Timing is key when it comes to treating a stroke. When you first experience any signs of a stroke, it is vital that you call 9-1-1 immediately. A stroke is a medical emergency, which means you need to seek care right away or the damage can cost you your life.




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