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    Understanding the Importance of Sleep Hygiene

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Sleep is as important to your health as your diet and exercise habits. Knowing what helps or hinders sleep can ensure that you get a good night’s rest.

    This video describes the circumstances that can aid sleep hygiene. A major factor that influences your quality of sleep is your circadian rhythm. Making a commitment to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day can help you receive sound sleep. What you eat and drink can also impact your rest. To fall asleep easily, refrain from consuming caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol products. Lastly, take the proper measures to keep noise and other distractions to a minimum when you go to bed.

    Are you finding it difficult to fall asleep at night? Call Illinois Neurological Institute at (309) 740-3766 for an appointment at our Peoria sleep center.

    "I am confident I am in the right hands to find a resolution to my issues."

    Last updated 7 months ago

    I am so pleased with my first appointment with Dr. Zallek. She appeared very sincere and concerned with my sleep problems and any related complications. She did not rush me through with a couple of questions and brush me off. I was able to relate to what she was explaining, and I did not feel that she was telling me only part of the situation. ... More

    "I feel so rested I actually feel like I have slept for a change."

    Last updated 8 months ago

    I am very happy with the results I am having thus far. I feel so rested I actually feel like I have slept for a change. More
    Tammie Johnson

    A Patient's Guide to Cushing's Syndrome

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The pituitary gland is responsible for the release of many hormones, including cortisol. Normal pituitary function releases cortisol as needed to help with the management of the immune system and blood glucose levels. In some individuals, the pituitary gland may signal for the release of too much cortisol, which can have adverse effects on the body. This condition, known as Cushing’s syndrome, can affect men and women of all ages. 

    Recognizing the Signs of Cushing’s Syndrome
    Several physical changes can accompany the development of Cushing’s syndrome. Both men and women may experience widespread bruising. Disproportionate hair on the upper area of the body can indicate Cushing’s syndrome in female sufferers. Sudden excessive weight gain is another common side effect of Cushing’s syndrome. This weight often shows up on the upper half of the body—particularly the face, neck, and back. Aside from visual symptoms, this condition can make sufferers depressed, excessively tired, and overly thirsty.

    Understanding the Cause of Cushing’s Syndrome
    Some people might develop Cushing’s syndrome because of a malfunction in the pituitary gland. Others might experience it in response to a tumor on the gland. Still other individuals may experience Cushing’s syndrome as the result of a particular drug. Because cortisol helps control inflammation in the body, prescribing higher doses of it can help with several conditions, including organ transplantation and asthma. If the body has too much cortisol for an extended amount of time, however, Cushing’s syndrome can occur.

    Seeking Treatment for Cushing’s Syndrome
    Because Cushing’s syndrome has multiple causes, individuals who suspect they have it must see a medical expert who specializes in the disease. Neurologists who focus on pituitary issues can be of distinct help. Once the source of the condition has been detected, a doctor can prescribe a course of action to combat it.

    The Pituitary Center at Illinois Neurological Institute can provide the help you need to bring your Cushing’s syndrome under control. To set up an appointment at our Peoria or Rockford clinic, call (309) 740-3766. With help from our comprehensive treatment options, you can once again enjoy life without the complications of this disease.

    Physician Spotlight: Dr. John Chang

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Meet Dr. John Chang, a neurosurgeon with the INI in Rockford, Il. Watch his video.

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