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By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
November 03, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Insomnia  

Insomnia occurs when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. The disorder affects people of all ages and can become a chronic problem in some cases. Fortunately, your Sarasota and Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists, offers treatments and strategies that can help you get a good night's sleep.

Why do I have insomnia?

Insomnia can be a short- or long-term problem and may occur for many reasons, including:

  • Stress and Anxiety: It's difficult to turn off stress and anxiety when you want to sleep. If you can't stop thinking about problems at work, home, or school, it's not surprising that you're having trouble sleeping. Even positive changes in your life, such as a move or a new job, can cause stress that may keep you awake.
    Poor Sleep Environment: You may struggle to sleep if your bedroom is too hot or cold, not dark enough, or too noisy. An uncomfortable mattress could also contribute to the problem.
    Sleep Schedule Changes: Did your problem start after you began working the night shift or you changed your normal sleep schedule?
    Medication Side Effects: Some medications, including those for asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, and colds, can keep you awake when you want to sleep.
    Health Conditions: Insomnia can also be caused by a health condition that causes pain or discomfort.
    Stimulants: Drinking alcohol or beverages that contain caffeine, like coffee, tea, or soda, may make it difficult to sleep. Smoking and illegal drugs can also worsen sleep.
    Your Sex: Women may have trouble sleeping due to pre-menstrual syndrome, pregnancy, or menopause.
    Sleep Disorders: Restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders may affect your ability to sleep well at night.
  • Exercise: Exercising too close to bedtime or not exercising at all may contribute to insomnia.
  • Mental Health Problems: People who have mental health problems may find it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.

How do sleep medicine specialists treat insomnia?

Your sleep medicine specialist will review your insomnia symptoms, lifestyle, underlying health problems, and other possible contributing factors during your visit to the Sarasota or Bradenton, FL, office. Depending on the cause of your sleep problem, you may benefit from:

  • Improving your sleep habits and sleep hygiene
  • Using cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep
  • Avoiding spending time in bed unless you're drowsy and ready to sleep
  • Waking up at the same time every day
  • Avoiding naps and falling asleep on the couch
  • Trying relaxation techniques to reduce stress
  • Taking prescription medication to help you sleep if other methods aren't helpful

Do you have insomnia? Dr. McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL, can determine why you're having trouble sleeping and offer treatment recommendations. Call (941) 792-8383 to reach the Bradenton office or (941) 827-0701 for the Sarasota office.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
October 28, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

If you persistently experience heavy snoring at night, you could be suffering from sleep apnea, a disorder that interrupts your sleep. Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists can help you manage your sleep apnea in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL.

What Is Sleep Apnea in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL?

Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that happens when a person’s breathing is interrupted during the night. This can happen several times per hour, which affects your quality of sleep and leaves you feeling tired throughout the day.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by something blocking the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the roof of the throat collapses while you sleep. Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, is usually observed in patients with central nervous system problems that cause breathing to stop for a few seconds.

Treatment Options

Sleep apnea treatment can vastly improve your quality of sleep and help you avoid the serious health risks associated with sleep apnea. Without treatment, you are at a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. The treatment options focus on keeping you breathing throughout the night. The treatment options for sleep apnea are:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the main treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea. A CPAP machine consists of a mask that lets out air to gently keep the airways open.
  • For milder forms of sleep apnea, a dentist can provide you with an oral appliance called a mandibular repositioning device (MRD). This device looks like a mouthguard and is custom-made to fit over your teeth. It will hold the jaw in a position that doesn’t obstruct the airway while you sleep.
  • The most severe forms of sleep apnea may require surgical intervention. During the surgery, your doctor will remove any obstructing tissue like enlarged tonsils to keep the airway clear.

To learn more about sleep apnea in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL, contact Dr. McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists. You can schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations by calling 941-792-8383 or 941-827-0701.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
August 05, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Disorder  

Many people struggle with getting a good night's sleep from time to time. However, if you are experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep, or other irregular sleep habits regularly, these may be signs that you could be suffering from a sleep disorder. Since there are many different types of sleep disorders that affect people differently, it is important to see a sleep specialist, such as Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists, with locations in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, to discuss symptoms and treatments specific to you.

Types of Sleep Disorders

A sleep disorder is a medical condition that affects not only your quality of sleep but also your overall health and safety. Good quality of life is dependent on a good night's sleep. Some of the more common sleep disorders involve problems with your body's natural sleep-wake cycles, irregular breathing or movement during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, or general difficulty falling or staying asleep.

If it takes you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night, this could be a sign of insomnia, which is both a symptom of sleep disorders and a sleep disorder itself. Not feeling well-rested, excessive daytime sleepiness and irritability are all symptoms associated with conditions such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Sleep apnea also involves difficulty breathing or irregular breathing patterns while sleeping, which may present as loud snoring. Narcolepsy is associated with falling asleep suddenly at inappropriate times, such as while driving. Excessive movement while sleeping or having an unpleasant feeling in your legs affecting your ability to fall asleep may be signs of restless legs syndrome (RLS).

With the help of a sleep specialist, each of these sleep disorders can be treated to relieve your symptoms or in some cases may even be cured to improve the quality of your sleep and daily activities.

Where To Seek Help

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms related to sleep disorders, it may be time to see Dr. McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists for help. With locations in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, it has never been a better time to take back your life by improving your sleep! Give us a call today at (941) 792-8383 for our Bradenton location, or (941) 827-0701 for our Sarasota location.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
May 27, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep   Diet  

Everyone knows that your diet is an important part of your health, but you may not know how much your diet can affect your sleep. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, is here to help explain how diet can make or break your sleep patterns and how changing your diet can enhance your sleep.

Sleep and Your Diet

Diet and nutrition can severely affect your ability to sleep comfortably and maintaining your weight can increase your ability to get a full night’s sleep. Your doctor in Bradenton, FL, can help you develop a balanced diet that will benefit your entire life and not just your ability to sleep. A balanced diet consists of mostly fruits and vegetables and will give you the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, helping you maintain a healthy weight and helping you get the sleep that you need.

An unhealthy diet can cause other sleep disorders to plague your life and cause you to be exhausted and make it hard to focus during the day. An unhealthy diet is a cause of obstructive sleep apnea and can cause you to snore and affect your breathing pattern as you sleep.

Without the ability to get a full night’s sleep, your brain won’t be able to function at full capacity and will affect your ability to focus at work or school, and can even be dangerous by causing you to fall asleep while driving. It’s also been proven that people that are sleep deprived are more likely to increase how much they eat during the day, causing a long cycle of an unhealthy diet causing a bad sleep pattern and vice versa.

Contact Your Sleep Doctor Today!

Your diet severely affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep and once both are maintained, you’ll find yourself feeling much more energized and able to focus throughout the day. Contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, today at (941) 792-8383!

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
May 26, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

If your loved ones are constantly complaining about being kept up by your snoring or you wake up from a full night’s sleep feeling exhausted, there may be something more serious happening while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can affect your breathing while you sleep and can cause severe issues to develop. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can help you identify your obstructive sleep apnea and help make any lifestyle changes you need to make to help cut your snoring down!

Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is when the throat becomes so narrow while you sleep that breathing becomes difficult and the brain increases the effort to breathe. This starts a cycle of waking up, falling asleep, struggling to breathe, and waking up again. This process can cause you to feel exhausted in the morning and make it hard to focus on your daily life.

You may not realize you’re struggling with sleep apnea because most symptoms happen while you’re asleep, but there are symptoms to look out for while you’re awake. Some of these symptoms include:

  • The need to fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as when driving or while working.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Becoming forgetful, irritable, anxious, or depressed.
  • Waking up with a headache or with nausea.
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night.
  • Loss of libido.

Other symptoms that you can have an outside party look out for are:

  • Excessively loud snoring.
  • Long pauses in breathing while you’re asleep.
  • Short periods of being awake during the night.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you find yourself feeling exhausted despite having a full night’s sleep, you should call your sleep doctor as soon as possible to determine whether or not obstructive sleep apnea is affecting you. Contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, at (941) 792-8383 today!

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
May 21, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Deprivation  

How your sleep specialist in Bradenton, FL, can help you sleep better

Occasional episodes of not being able to sleep are a common problem. They can be caused by increased stress, eating before bed, an uncomfortable mattress, and many other issues. If you are experiencing frequent episodes of sleeplessness, you could have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea or insomnia.

The good news is, your sleep specialist can help you sleep well again. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, offers a wide range of sleep disorder treatments, including treatment for sleep apnea and insomnia.

It’s important to remember that the effects of sleep deprivation can be lasting and profound. Sleep deprivation can affect your performance, decreasing your ability to do well at work or in school.

Sleep deprivation can cause you to:

  • Feel tired throughout your day
  • Experience low energy levels
  • Be unable to concentrate and focus
  • Experience mood swings and irritability

There are some things you can do initially to try and get a good night’s sleep. Remember to:

  • Have set times to wake up and go to bed
  • Stay active and exercise regularly
  • Avoid taking naps, or only take short naps
  • Avoid smoking and nicotine products
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Don’t eat large meals before you go to sleep
  • Check your medications to see if they might be causing sleeplessness

You need to also ensure your bedroom is a quiet place, with no TV or loud noises. It is often helpful to create a ritual before bedtime like reading, listening to relaxing music, or taking a warm bath. Stay away from reading your phone or computer screen right before bed.

There are several effective treatments for insomnia or sleep apnea. Treatment begins with a sleep study to determine if your sleep deprivation is caused by an underlying sleep disorder. After your sleep specialist determines what is causing your sleeplessness, he may recommend:

For insomnia:

  • Medications to help you sleep
  • Behavioral therapy to prepare you for sleep
  • Relaxation techniques, to calm your mind and body

For sleep apnea:

  • A CPAP machine, to maintain continuous oxygen through your airway
  • An oral appliance, to maintain an open airway by holding your lower jaw forward

To find out more about how sleeplessness can affect you, and how your doctor can help with insomnia or sleep apnea, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, at (941) 792-8383. Call now, and sleep better soon!

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
May 20, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Narcolepsy  

Your sleep specialist in Bradenton, FL, can help if you have a sleep disorder.

Narcolepsy is somewhat rare, but it still affects hundreds of thousands of people in this country, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Fortunately, your sleep specialist can help with diagnosing and treating narcolepsy. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, offers comprehensive sleep care services for sleep disorders like narcolepsy.

So, what is narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder during which your sleeping and waking processes are disrupted. Narcolepsy causes rapid eye movement or your REM sleep cycle to begin within minutes of falling asleep. The REM cycle normally occurs much later after falling asleep. As a result, normal sleep patterns are disrupted.

Narcolepsy can cause the following symptoms:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness is the main sign of narcolepsy
  • Automatic behaviors are actions the narcoleptic is unaware of doing
  • Nighttime sleep disruption like waking up several times during the night
  • Sleep paralysis is a feeling of inability to move
  • Sleep hallucinations including seeing vivid images when waking up or fall asleep
  • Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle control
  • Irritability or restlessness is most often seen in children with narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a potentially dangerous condition, especially if you are driving or operating machinery when a drowsiness episode occurs. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, narcoleptics are 3 to 4 times more likely to be in a car accident.

If you suspect you or someone you know might have narcolepsy, the first step is contacting your sleep specialist. Your doctor will take a full medical history, including your signs and symptoms, date of onset, and other factors. Sleep studies are often part of the initial diagnosis.

If narcolepsy is diagnosed, treatment can begin. There is no cure for narcolepsy, so the goals of treatment are to ensure patient safety, reduce symptoms, and improve quality of life. Treatment options include:

  • Behavioral modification, including taking short naps, developing a healthy exercise regimen, developing a sleep schedule, and avoiding alcohol and sedatives
  • Medication therapy, including medications to reduce daytime sleepiness, and reduce cataplexy

To find out more about the signs and symptoms of narcolepsy and how it is treated, talk with your sleep specialist. Call Dr. McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, at (941) 792-8383. Get some relief from narcolepsy by calling today!

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 22, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder

"Excessive daytime sleepiness affects between 10% and 20% of the American population, and research suggests it’s on the rise," according to Sleep Foundation. Dr. Jeremy McConnell your board-certified sleep specialist in Bradenton, FL, diagnoses issues like excessive sleepiness and treats patients.

What is excessive sleepiness?

This is difficulty staying awake and falling asleep during the day, especially when you are doing an activity that doesn't require too much movement, like driving or sitting at work. You need to contact your doctor if this happens almost every day.
 

Fatigue is different but confused with excessive sleepiness, although someone can suffer from both simultaneously. The main difference is that people suffering from fatigue can't sleep even if they are tired and sluggish.

What are the causes of excessive sleepiness?

There are many reasons, but according to Sleep Foundation, "the most common causes of excessive sleepiness are sleep deprivation and disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia. Depression and other psychiatric problems, certain medications, and medical conditions affecting the brain and body can cause daytime drowsiness as well."

What are some symptoms and precautions to take?

Symptoms of excessive sleepiness include trouble staying alert, irritability, memory problems, trouble focusing, and slower reaction times. It's best to contact Dr. McConnell in Bradenton, FL, if you notice these symptoms over a period of three months.
 

If you notice these symptoms, you risk increased car accidents, decreased work productivity, or academic performance, and difficulty regulating mood and emotions.

How To Treat Excessive Sleepiness

Treatment or management isn't standard because It depends on the cause. The most common causes of excessive sleepiness are a person's quality of sleep, chronic diseases, and stress. When your doctor is able to better understand the reason behind your sleepiness, they can diagnose and treat or manage your issue.

Need a consultation?

If you'd like to speak with a doctor, don't hesitate to contact Dr. McConnell in Bradenton, FL, at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 18, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep   Heart Disease  

Sleep can affect many different aspects of your life and if you’re struggling with getting the proper amount of sleep needed or with a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, it may be increasing your risk of heart disease.
 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and people with sleep-related disorders are at a higher risk of heart disease and other complications such as high blood pressure. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, is here to help you learn about how sleep disorders can be affecting your heart and how they can be treated.

How Sleep Can Affect Your Heart

Both a lack of sleep, as well as untreated sleep disorders can impact your heart health in a variety of ways. A lack of sleep can put you at risk for a variety of conditions, such as:
 

  • High Blood Pressure- During regular sleep, your blood pressure goes down. When you have sleep problems, your blood pressure may be higher for a longer period of time.
  • Type 2 Diabetes- There are studies that show that good sleep may help improve control of your blood sugar.
  • Obesity- Lack of sleep can lead to unhealthy weight gain. When you don’t get enough sleep, it could affect the part of your brain that controls hunger.

There are certain sleep disorders that also affect your heart health if they go untreated by your doctor in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. Some of these disorders include:
 

  • Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea affects how much oxygen your body receives while sleeping, and can increase your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Insomnia- Insomnia causes you to have issues falling asleep and can lead to unhealthy habits that may affect your heart health. Some of these habits may be a lack of sleep, unhealthy eating at odd hours, and increased stress levels.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you’re struggling with an untreated sleep disorder or a lack of sleep, contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, today to schedule an appointment to learn more about how sleep can affect your heart. Call today at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 16, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Disorder  

Quality sleep is important to everyday life and to overall health. Unfortunately, you may be struggling with a sleep disorder that’s hindering your rest. There are many different types of sleep disorders with a variety of symptoms.
 

Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can help you identify any of these symptoms and help treat whatever sleep disorder you’re struggling with so you can get quality sleep once again.

Types of Sleep Disorders

There are many different types of sleep disorders with a wide range of symptoms. Some common sleep disorders are:
 

  • Insomnia- Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep.
  • Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea is known for pauses in your breathing while sleeping.
  • Narcolepsy- Narcolepsy is characterized by sleep attacks that happen while awake.
  • Sleepwalking or Sleep Talking- This is walking or frequent talking in your sleep.

Each sleep disorder can come with a variety of symptoms that differ depending on the severity of your disorder. Your doctor in Bradenton, FL, can help identify specific symptoms that relate to each disorder. Some general symptoms to look out for include:
 

  • Issues falling or staying asleep.
  • Fatigue during the day.
  • Weight gain.
  • Issues concentrating.
  • Increased irritability or anxiety.
  • Impaired performance at school or work.
  • Strange breathing patterns.
  • Urge to take frequent naps during the day.
  • Urge to move while falling asleep.

Sleep disorders can be characterized in various ways, but it’s important to notice any changes to your normal routine and any unplanned changes in your sleep schedule. You may also be experiencing frequent urination in the middle of the night that disrupts your sleep and should be addressed by your doctor.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms that were mentioned above and notice any unwanted changes in your sleep routine, make sure to contact Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, to ask any questions and to find out if you’re struggling with a sleep disorder. Call (941) 792-8383 today!