My Trips to the Hospital

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My Trips to the Hospital

Hi, I'm Cari. When I was a teenager, my best friend Claire's mom got cancer. I started offering to take Deb (the mom) to the hospital for her treatments to help give the family a break. They had all been in and out of the hospital so much, and since I'm basically family to them, it was nice to support Deb and Claire. Not to mention, I was able to learn a lot about different medical topics just be listening and watching while waiting in the hospital. It was fascinating. To everyone's joy, after a long and hard two years, Deb finally beat cancer! I decided to start this blog as a memorial to all those who have struggled with health problems and as a resource to for anyone who needs to know more about hospitals and treatments.


3 Common Sleep Disorders

If you're having trouble sleeping, you're not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders. There are many different sleep disorders, each with its own symptoms and causes. Some of the most common include insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. Here's a closer look at each and how a sleep center can help.


Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. While anyone can have insomnia symptoms occasionally, it is estimated that 15 percent of adults suffer from chronic insomnia, characterized by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. People with chronic insomnia may have trouble sleeping for months or even years.

There are many possible causes of insomnia, including stress, anxiety, medications, and underlying medical conditions. Treatments for insomnia include cognitive behavioral therapy, prescription medications, and lifestyle changes, like relaxation techniques or caffeine reduction. In addition, patients often use the services of a sleep center to get to the root of their insomnia.

Sleep Apnea

The Mayo Clinic defines sleep apnea as "a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts" throughout the night. The constant interruption leaves people feeling tired even after a full night's rest and can lead to serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure if left untreated.

People with sleep apnea often snore loudly, although not everyone who snores will develop sleep apnea. It is caused by a blockage of the airway, often from excess weight. In addition to losing weight, treatment for sleep apnea typically involves using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to keep the airway open during sleep. Surgery may also be an option in some cases.

A sleep center can help you get diagnosed and find the best treatment option for you. They can also provide you with the necessary equipment, like a CPAP machine.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that the Mayo Clinic describes as "an uncontrollable urge to move the legs" when at rest or lying down. The exact cause of RLS is unknown, but it is thought to be linked to an imbalance of dopamine in the brain. RLS patients often report feeling 'creepy-crawly' sensations in the legs. Moving the legs relieves these sensations temporarily, but they usually come back when the person rests again.

There is no cure for RLS, but there are treatments that can help lessen the symptoms. These include regular exercise, medications, and complementary therapies such as massage or acupuncture. Additionally, a sleep center can help you learn more about the condition and how to best manage it.

If you're having trouble sleeping, don't hesitate to seek help. A sleep center can provide you with the tools you need to get a good night's rest. Contact a sleep center near you for more information.