Donate to Stroke Sleep Disorders Research, Patient Care and Education

A stroke sleep disorder is a condition that arises as a result of a stroke. Those with stroke sleep disorders often have difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep. Two-thirds of individuals who have suffered a stroke have a sleep disorder called sleep-disoriented breathing, or SDB. This condition is marked by irregular breathing patterns that can disturb a person’s sleep and can cause hum or her to feel extremely tired the next day. This tiredness, in turn, can lead to difficulties with concentration and problem-solving abilities. For stroke survivors, SDB can be quite dangerous, because it increases blood pressure, puts strain on the heart and elevates a person’s risk of developing blood clots.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of research and care in the realm of stroke sleep disorders at Northwestern Medicine, you will help our team of dedicated specialists to improve the detection, treatment and prevention of stroke sleep disorders.

The most common type of SDB is called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause a person to completely stop breathing during the night for 10 seconds or more. These periods of not breathing can happen multiple times throughout the night. Individuals who have had a stroke also can experience circadian disturbances, disconnecting the sleep cycle from the rhythm of night and day. Insomnia, too, can result from a stroke and can lead to long-term difficulties with falling and staying asleep.

There are numerous symptoms of stroke sleep disorders. Daytime symptoms include excessive tiredness, irritability, headaches, fatigue, depression and memory problems. Nighttime symptoms include loud snoring, waking up and gasping for breath in the middle of the night, insomnia, shortness of breath and increased sweating. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help Northwestern Medicine’s sleep specialists to gain new insights into the signs and symptoms of stroke sleep disorders, so that they can develop and provide the most effective treatments to people suffering from these disorders.

Current treatments for stroke sleep disorders vary, depending on a patient’s specific symptoms and the severity of his or her condition. People affected by SDB may benefit from lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, sleeping on one’s side, limiting alcohol intake, avoiding sleeping medication and using a dental apparatus to keep airways open at night.

Stroke Sleep Disorders Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Stroke sleep disorders can have a powerful, negative effect the quality of life of people who suffer from them. And, yet, with your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you can help to change this reality. Your generosity will help to accelerate progress that will bring positive change, as well as hope and comfort, to the many patients who seek treatment for stroke sleep disorders at Northwestern Medicine. 

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