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By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
April 08, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Hygiene  

Could a sleep hygiene issue be affecting your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep? Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, FL, offers treatments and strategies that help improve your sleep.

How you can improve your sleep hygiene

Good sleep is dependent on a variety of factors, ranging from the foods you eat to the temperature of your bedroom. If you've been having trouble sleeping, these tips may help you get a little more rest:

  • Exercise Regularly: Daily exercise, even if it's only for 15 or 20 minutes, can improve sleep. Although exercising is helpful, working out just before you plan to go to bed can keep you up.
  • Decrease Your Use of Stimulants: Drinking coffee or cola or using nicotine products before bed can make it harder to fall asleep. Alcohol can cause the same problem. Although a drink may make you feel sleepy initially, you may find yourself wide awake just a few hours after you fall asleep.
  • Avoid Foods That Bother Your Stomach: It's difficult to sleep if you have heartburn or an upset stomach. It's a good idea to avoid eating or drinking foods and beverages that trigger these symptoms, such as fatty or fried foods, carbonated beverages, and spicy or rich foods.
  • Spend Some Time Outdoors: Regular exposure to sunlight helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle.
  • Limit Blue Light Exposure: Blue light from digital devices and LED devices can affect your level of melatonin, the natural hormone that helps you fall asleep. You may find that you sleep better if you stop using your devices an hour or two before you plan to fall asleep.
  • Improve Your Sleeping Environment: A lumpy mattress or flat pillows may cause aches and pains that affect your sleep. Replacing your mattress and bedding can improve your sleep, as can keeping your room as dark as possible. Sleep.org notes that the ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67F.
  • Visit a Sleep Specialist: Your Bradenton sleep specialist can identify the factors that cause your sleep problems and develop a treatment plan that helps you sleep better.

Do you have trouble sleeping? A visit to Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, FL, can help you handle insomnia symptoms. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell by calling (941) 792-8383 to schedule your appointment.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
April 08, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Did you know that your snoring could indicate a sleep disorder? At Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, Dr. Jeremy McConnell diagnoses a variety of sleep problems, including one of the most common: sleep apnea. Learn more how it could affect your systemic health and well-being.

Your snoring could peel paint

We've all heard, or been the object of, jokes about loud snoring. But, in reality, snoring isn't funny at all. It seriously impacts systemic health, daily functioning and interpersonal relationships. Over time, it may worsen, being accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Gasping and choking
  • Breathing pauses (apnea)
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Headaches, particular in the morning
  • Poor concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido, menstrual problems and erectile dysfunction
  • Nocturia, or waking at night to go to the bathroom
  • Increased blood pressure and blood sugars

These symptoms and more characterize sleep apnea. Factors such as neck circumference, age (over 40), gender (male), and obesity are risk factors, reports the National Sleep Foundation. While it has widespread systemic health effects, sleep apnea can be treated successfully, and your sleep doctor in Bradenton, Dr. Jeremy McConnell, helps scores of people.

Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea

A review of your symptoms and a fully-monitored sleep study at Sleep Manatee will pinpoint the reasons behind your snoring. Frequently, Dr. McConnell discovers one of three kinds of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, in which the tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the airway as the person sleeps (and snores)
  2. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, in which the brain and respiratory system do not communicate with each other properly
  3. Mixed Sleep Apnea, characterized by features of both OSA and CSA

With a definitive diagnosis, he can tailor a treatment plan perfect for your lifestyle and sleep patterns.

Common treatments include:

  • Oral appliance therapy, a customized acrylic appliance, worn at night, which re-positions the lower jaw and opens the airway
  • CPAP machines, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, which air through a facial mask worn through out the night (the stream of air keeps the throat open)
  • Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, keeping the same bedtime every night, avoiding caffeine. alcohol, bright light and heavy meals late in the evening

Find out more about sleep apnea

At Sleep Manatee, our sleep experts can help you have refreshing sleep consistently and also enjoy a healthier, happier and more productive life. Call our office team for a consultation with Dr. Jeremy McConnell: (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
February 25, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Narcolepsy  

Narcolepsy is basically a lifelong disorder of the nervous system that results in abnormal or irregular sleep patterns that could negatively impact your quality of life and general health. According to the Stanford Medicine Center for Narcolepsy, it’s a rare disorder that is estimated to affect approximately 1 out of 2,000 individuals. Narcolepsy symptoms typically start to present themselves around the ages of 10 to 25, but it’s usually not recognized immediately.

Narcolepsy causes severe sleep attacks and daytime sleepiness. In most cases, it likewise causes temporary and unexpected muscle control loss, commonly called cataplexy. While narcolepsy isn’t fatal, episodes could result in life-threatening circumstances, injuries, and accidents. Here at Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, FL, Dr. Jeremy McConnell, MD, can diagnose narcolepsy and recommend the best treatments suited to your case.

Causes of Narcolepsy

Unfortunately, no one really knows what causes narcolepsy up to this day. However, studies have shown that most individuals who suffer from cataplexy and narcolepsy have a reduced amount of hypocretin, which is a brain protein. One of the primary functions of this protein is regulating the sleep-wake cycle.

That said, studies state that low levels of hypocretin may be the result of various factors. One factor is a gene mutation that causes low hypocretin levels and attacks healthy cells in the body. Other factors including infections, toxin exposure, and stress may likewise contribute to developing narcolepsy.

Common Symptoms of Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy symptoms are typically attributed to improperly regulated REM or rapid eye movement sleep. The intensity and frequency of the symptoms vary from one person to another and can include the following:

  • Muscle loss control or cataplexy
  • Severe daytime drowsiness and sleepiness
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Hallucinations when trying to fall asleep

These symptoms might occur regardless of whatever you’re doing or the time of day. When this occurs, your REM sleep happens spontaneously and uncontrollably. In addition, take note that narcolepsy could be related to other sleep disorders including insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jeremy McConnell, MD, here at the Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, FL. Dial (941) 792-8383 for more details.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
January 23, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: CPAP Therapy  

When your snoring awakens the entire household, something is amiss. At Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, Dr. Jeremy McConnell uncovers the reasons for snoring. More often than not, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) causes it and other worrisome symptoms. CPAP therapy is a common, and very effective, treatment.

Details on OSA

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that about 25 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder is characterized by:

  • Excessively loud snoring
  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Sudden waking and gasping for air
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Problems with memory and concentration

Additionally, some research shows a link between sleep apnea and diabetes, stroke, and hypertension.

How does it happen? it seems that males 40 and over develop this condition more frequently. Other precipitating factors include large neck circumference, sleeping on your back, obesity and alcohol consumption before retiring at night.

What you can do

If you have some of the above symptoms, see board-certified sleep physician Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Sleep Manatee. He'll do an in-office or at-home sleep study to watch what happens as you sleep. If you do have sleep apnea, don't worry. It can be treated.

How CPAP helps sleep apnea

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This bedside apparatus delivers a constant stream of air through a thin tube and into a facial mask. The airflow keeps the soft tissues at the back of the throat open as the patient sleeps. Snoring stops, oxygenation improves and the physical effects of OSA decrease.

The rates of sleep apnea have sharply increased over the past 20 years. However, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy actually reverses brain damage related to OSA. Other scientific research indicates a reduction in post-op heart and lung complications, hypertension and night-time cardiac arrhythmias when people consistently use their CPAP machines.

Could you benefit from CPAP?

There's one way to find out: contact Sleep Manatee in Bradenton. Arrange a consultation with Dr. Jeremy McConnell. He'll review your symptoms and medical history and run the required diagnostics. CPAP therapy may improve your sleep and your health, too. Call us today at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
January 20, 2020
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a condition that can interfere with your ability to achieve restful sleep. Sleep apnea is associated with periodic interruptionssleep apnea in breathing throughout the night, which can leave you feeling tired and unrested in the morning. Here at our office in Bradenton, FL, Dr. Jeremy McConnell can treat your sleep apnea and identify the factors contributing to it.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition associated with brief pauses in breathing while sleeping due to an obstructed airway. One way a person’s airway can become obstructed while sleeping is if the tongue rolls back and partially blocks the air from traveling through.

Sleep apnea is associated with several symptoms, in addition to snoring. For instance, you could have sleep apnea if you regularly feel unrested upon waking and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Interrupted breathing while sleeping
  • Making choking or gasping sounds when sleeping
  • Snoring throughout the night
  • Feeling unrested upon waking
  • Feeling sleepy or fatigued during the day
  • Feeling irritable throughout the day
  • Experiencing difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Headaches upon waking

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Several factors are associated with an increased risk of developing sleep apnea. For example, men or more susceptible to developing sleep apnea than women. Being affected by obesity, hypertension, being middle-aged, and having a family history of sleep apnea are risk factors for sleep apnea.

Being affected by obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for developing sleep apnea. One reason for this is that excess fat in the neck area can contribute to obstructed breathing, one of the common symptoms of sleep apnea. A person with obesity that loses weight tend to experience fewer sleep apnea symptoms and are able to sleep better. During a consultation, Dr. McConnell can assess how your weight or other factors might be affecting your sleep apnea and develop a plan for achieving better sleep. Dr. McConnell is a board-certified obesity specialist and treatment of obesity is a major part of his practice.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Sleep apnea makes it difficult to achieve quality sleep. Certain factors such as being affected by obesity can aggravate your sleep apnea. We can help you address these factors, treat the sleep apnea, and help you achieve the restful sleep you deserve. To schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell, call our office at (941) 792-8383. 

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
December 20, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep study  

Many people underestimate the importance of quality sleep time. Some people do not get enough sleep, while others have difficulty sleep apneaachieving restful sleep at all. Whatever the reason for not getting enough rest, a lack of sleep can adversely impact your health. Fortunately, a sleep study can reveal factors affecting your ability to achieve restful sleep. At our office in Bradenton, FL, Dr. Jeremy McConnell can order a sleep study to learn more about your sleep patterns and develop a plan for helping you achieve quality sleep time.

Sleep Studies

One reason why some individuals are unable to achieve quality sleep time is due to a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, sleepwalking, restless leg syndrome, or periodic limb movement disorder. Sleep studies are helpful for determining if a sleep disorder could be interfering with your ability to achieve restful sleep. Sleep studies are conducted overnight, allowing the doctor to observe your sleep patterns throughout the course of a full sleep session.

Sleep studies are conducted in a relaxing and comfortable environment. While the patient sleeps, different types of data are collected to help the doctor learn more about the patient’s sleep patterns. For example, small electrodes are taped to a patient’s arms and legs to determine if periodic limb movement disorder is interfering with sleep. The electrodes make it possible to record arm and leg movements during sleep. Information on a patient’s heart rate, breathing, blood oxygen level, and brain waves can also be gathered during a sleep study.

Some sleep tests can be performed at home. This allows you to follow your normal routine and sleep in the comfort of your home. The testing will monitor your breathing during your sleep.

Based on the results of a sleep study, a plan can be developed for helping the patient finally sleep better. For patients with restless leg syndrome, for example, minimizing caffeine intake and regularly exercising can help improve sleep. For other patients, an iron deficiency could be contributing to restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder. Treating iron deficiency can minimize extensive arm or leg movements when sleeping and help promote better sleep.

Contact Us

To learn more about how a sleep study could help you, schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell by calling our office at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
November 08, 2019
Category: Medical
Tags: Snoring  

Does your snoring wake your entire household? Are you irritable during the day and can't function the way you want to? You may be Snoringsuffering from a common sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Characterized by super-loud snoring and episodes of breathing cessation (apnea), OSA should be treated. At Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, FL, board-certified sleep physician, Dr. Jeremy McConnell, diagnoses and treats a wide range of sleep disorders, including OSA. He can help you feel and function better, and stop that snoring!

 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The Cleveland Clinic says that OSA is one of the most common sleep disorders in the US, and it's very serious. Caused by the relaxation of soft tissues at the back of the throat and the consequent obstruction of the airway, this sleep disorder deprives the brain of oxygen.

Affecting millions of adult Americans--males over 40 mostly--OSA is characterized by:

  • Extremely loud and persistent snoring
  • Multiple episodes of startling awake and gasping for air
  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Headaches upon awakening in the morning
  • Problems concentrating

Unfortunately, OSA contributes to problems in systemic health as well. Obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke and hypertension are commonly associated with sleep apnea. If you are over 40, menopausal, obese, have a large neck circumference, abuse alcohol, or smoke, your chances of developing sleep apnea increase, says the National Sleep Foundation.

 

What you should do

See Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, FL. Tell him about your snoring and other symptoms you or your loved ones may have noticed. He likely will recommend an in-house or at-home sleep study to determine what happens as you sleep at night.

This easy test helps Dr. McConnell accurately diagnose and treat all kinds of sleep disorders, including OSA. Your care plan will be fully customized to your needs.

 

Treating snoring

The two most common treatments for OSA are CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and oral appliance therapy. CPAP machines deliver oxygen via a facial mask worn throughout the night or whenever you take a nap. The oxygen keeps the airway open so snoring and apnea lessen.

Oral appliance therapy involves a customized acrylic device which places the lower jaw in a more forward position. It keeps the back of the throat open.

In addition, Dr. McConnell frequently advises these simple strategies to open your airway:

  • Sleep on your side
  • Do not eat or drink (especially alcohol or caffeine) a few hours before going to bed
  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Exercise and stay active

 

Don't wait

Snoring and sleep apnea don't go away by themselves. You'll benefit from the reliable and compassionate management of your sleep disorder which Dr. McConnell and his team provide. For more information and to arrange a personal consultation, please call our office at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
September 24, 2019
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Disorders  

Having trouble sleeping? You certainly aren’t alone. The CDC has stated that “insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic”, affecting as many as 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages. Quality sleep promotes good health, impacting everything from our energy levels to our mental performance. If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, our Bradenton, FL, board-certified sleep medicine doctor Dr. Jeremy McConnell is here to help.

Here are the three most common sleep disorders:

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes someone to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to more serious health issues including an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, and chronic respiratory conditions. Luckily, sleep apnea can easily be treated with CPAP therapy or a simple oral appliance (for milder cases).

Insomnia

Most people have heard of insomnia, a condition that makes it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. This condition may be short-lived or it can be chronic. Examples of short-term bouts of insomnia include changing work shifts or experiencing jet lag. Chronic insomnia refers to trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for at least one month.

There are many reasons insomnia may occur, from poor sleep hygiene to certain medical conditions. If you’ve been dealing with insomnia, it’s time to turn to a Bradenton, FL, sleep physician to find out what’s causing your sleep problems and how to treat it.

Narcolepsy

Again, this is another sleep disorder that you may have heard of. Narcolepsy causes someone to fall asleep suddenly at any point during the day or night. Certain things can trigger a narcolepsy attack including stress, fear, and excitement. Sometimes, the only warning sign of narcolepsy is extreme daytime sleepiness. If you are feeling exhausted most days of the week despite getting enough rest, it’s time to see a sleep specialist.

Contact Us

Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, FL, specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in patients of all ages. If you are having trouble getting the quality sleep you need to lead a healthy, productive life then call our office today at (941) 792-8383 to find out what’s going on.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
August 20, 2019
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

American adults are in the throes of a sleep deprivation epidemic, with at least a third of adults getting less than the recommended nightly amount of sleep according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to the obvious side effects of sleep deprivation (e.g. physical exhaustion and inability to focus) sleep apnea can also increase the risk of a number of serious health problems. Fortunately, Dr. Jeremy McConnell, your sleep and family medicine doctor in Bradenton, FL, offers diagnostic and treatment options for a range of sleep-related disorders—read on to learn how he can help improve your sleep quality!

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment

Although sleep apnea affects over 20 million American adults, many people with the condition don't even know that they have a problem because most of the tell-tale symptoms only occur while they are asleep. Consequently, they may go to bed early, think that they're getting a full night's sleep, and then wake up only to feel exhausted and unable to focus.

When you have sleep apnea, the muscles in the throat relax and block the airway, interrupting the flow of oxygen throughout the night. As a result, chronic snoring and waking up coughing or gasping for air are common symptoms.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Waking up with a sore throat or "dry mouth"
  • Chronic snoring
  • Poor sleep quality (regardless of how many hours you actually sleep)
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia (trouble staying awake during the day)
  • Irritability and mood swings/changes
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory problems

To combat sleep apnea, there are a number of treatment options available depending on the type and underlying cause of your condition. Some options include:

  • Oral appliance therapy to help to keep the airway open and oxygen flowing while you sleep
  • Lifestyle modifications like maintaining a healthy weight if obesity is a factor.

During a consultation, we can decide together on the best path to treatment

Find a Sleep Medicine Doctor in Bradenton, FL

For more information about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options available for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, contact us today by calling (941) 792-8383 to schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell.





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