SLUCare sleep specialist Joseph Espiritu, M.D.,will present "Common Sleep Disorders" at the next 60-Minute Check-Up on Monday, Oct. 17. The event will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
|Joseph Espiritu, M.D.|
Sponsored by SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University, and the St. Louis County Library, the monthly 60-Minute Check-Ups are part of the department of internal medicine's yearlong centennial celebration. The free events are designed to provide information to keep you healthy as well as resources to help you learn more about health-related issues.
Espiritu will discuss the different types of sleep disorders, causes and treatments options. One common sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder in which breathing stops during sleep. Loud snoring is a sign of sleep apnea.
"Most mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea can be improved with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and avoiding alcohol at bedtime," said Espiritu, who is an assistant professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis Unviersity and co-director of the SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center
For more serious cases of sleep apnea, treatments such as breathing masks that regulate air pressure or surgery can offer relief. The SLUCare Sleep Disorders Center diagnoses and treats obstructive sleep apnea, as well as many other disorders including: hypersomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness; insomnia; circadian rhythm disorders; and abnormal sleep movements and behaviors such as sleep walking or night terrors.
St. Louis County Library reference librarian Christina Pryor also will talk about library resources available to help people improve their health.
Because space is limited, reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call the St. Louis County Library at 314-994-3300.
Upcoming series events include "Living with Diabetes" on Nov. 7 and "New Year's Resolutions: Diet and Exercise Tips" on Dec. 5.
SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the only academic medical practice in St. Louis that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. This accreditation is a voluntary process through which the quality of SLUCare services and performance is measured against nationally recognized standards. To schedule an appointment, call 314-977-4440 or 1-866-977-4440. More information is available at www.slucare.edu.