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.
Sleep apnea is a condition that can interfere with your ability to achieve restful sleep. Sleep apnea is associated with periodic interruptions 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.
Many people underestimate the importance of quality sleep time. Some people do not get enough sleep, while others have difficulty achieving 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.
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.
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.
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 suffering 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.
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
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.
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, 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).
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.
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.
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.
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)
- 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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