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If your snoring has ever woken you up or if your partner frequently nudges you awake because of it, you may be affected by sleep apnea, and this can harm your heart. At Florida Sleep Specialists, located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, Dr. Jeremy McConnell can evaluate you for a sleep-related breathing disorder to avoid the negative impacts it can have on your heart and body.

Not All Snoring is Sleep Apnea

A sleep apnea disorder causes your breathing to start and stop while you sleep. Snoring is the sound that occurs as air passes in your throat during sleep. Even though not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, many that do have sleep apnea snore regularly. Therefore, it is worth checking out to be safe.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by a tissue obstruction in your airway that blocks airflow. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is caused by the brain failing to signal your diaphragm to contract and expand. Both are serious issues that must not go untreated.

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect My Heart?

When you have obstructive sleep apnea, it isn't easy to keep your airway open while sleeping, and each time it closes, your breathing pauses. The pauses can occur five to 30 times an hour, and this causes you to wake up suddenly, sometimes gasping for air.

When you stop breathing, your body will release stress hormones that can cause heart disease over time. You can also be at an increased risk for stroke, liver disease, diabetes, or exacerbating an already present obesity diagnosis that leads to heart disease.

Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease?

Several risk factors contribute to heart disease and sleep apnea, and they include:

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Thick neck
  • Narrow throat passages
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Male (higher risk than women)
  • Family history of sleep apnea, smoking, or alcohol abuse

What are the Signs?

Loud snoring with witnessed frequent pauses in breathing are the first signs to look for, but other symptoms include:

  • Waking up with a dry mouth or headache
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate or hold attention

How Can I Be Sure?

Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists, located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can evaluate your symptoms and conduct proper testing, like monitoring you overnight. This screening test can diagnose and determine the severity of your sleep apnea.

One particular test is called polysomnography, and it will allow Dr. McConnell to monitor your heart, lungs, and brain activity. At the same time, he can diagnose other possible sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome.

To learn more, call Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists at his office in Bradenton, FL, at (941) 792-8383, or the office in Sarasota, FL, at (941) 827-0701 today.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 15, 2021
Tags: Sleep   Stress  

Stress can affect many different aspects of your life, especially your sleep. Stress causes your mind to worry and panic which can lead to sleepless nights which in turn causes more stress and continues the cycle.

This cycle leaves you exhausted during the day which may lead to less productivity. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton snd Sarasota, FL, is here to help you address your insomnia and figure out a plan to help reduce your stress and increase your quality of sleep.

How Stress Impacts Your Sleep

The more stressed you are, the more difficulty you may have falling asleep. Stress can cause you to lay in bed and worry about things that have happened or that are coming up. When your mind wanders, it gets wound up and creates adrenaline. Adrenaline can then make it harder to relax or fall asleep.

Persistent sleep deprivation can cause harm to your body. People who experience insomnia may be at an increased risk for conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis

As well as having an increased risk of multiple conditions, it’s also dangerous to be sleep deprived if you have a job that involves operating heavy machinery or driving. Constant sleep deprivation may also cause an increased risk of anxiety and can impact your overall mental health.

Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can help you figure out methods to decrease your stress and hopefully make it easier to fall asleep again. Some of these methods may include:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Diet Changes
  • Caffeine Decrease
  • Separation of Work and Home

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If stress is affecting your ability to get a full night’s sleep, contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, today to discuss what methods may work best to get your sleep schedule back on track. Call today at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 02, 2021
Tags: Sleep   Temperature  

Do you know the ideal temperature for your bedroom?

Do you and your significant other argue about the temperature of the bedroom? Do you want the room warm while your partner wants it cool? Wondering if your poor sleep and tossing and turning could be due to the temperature of your bedroom? It’s true that temperature can certainly play a role in how well you catch your ZZZs. Our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell can help you improve your sleep hygiene through simple lifestyle changes such as changing the temperature of your room.

What is the ideal bedroom temperature?

The ideal temperature should be around 65 degrees F. This temperature will help your body get ready to sleep. While infants may require a slightly warmer bedroom, this is the standard bedroom temperature that everyone else should follow (plus, it gives you an excuse to cozy up under those warm, cozy covers).

While you may simply alter the thermostat to stay between the 60–67-degree F range, you may wish to open windows or use fans to help keep you cool while you sleep, especially during the warmer months.

How does temperature affect sleep?

Our bodies all have an internal clock known as circadian rhythms. These 24-hour cycles help you fall asleep at night and wake up every day. By the time you go to bed your body’s temperature starts to drop and will continue to do so until around 5 am. As your body’s temperature drops you may notice that your extremities get warmer. This drop in temperature also prepares the body for sleep. So, having a cooler room can also help to induce sleep.

So, if you happen to keep your room just a little too hot (or too cold) this can affect the body’s natural cooling temperature and affect the quality of your sleep. In fact, studies have found that the temperature of your bedroom is one of the biggest factors for determining the quality of your sleep.

If you find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep despite improving your sleep hygiene, it may be worth it to visit our Bradenton, FL, sleep doctor to find out what’s going on. You could be dealing with a sleep disorder that simply requires treatment to help you achieve a good night’s rest. Call Florida Sleep Specialists at (941) 792-8383 to schedule a consultation with us.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
February 16, 2021
Tags: Sleep   Exercise  

How you spend your evening could play a major role in how well you sleep.

You know you need to go to sleep but you’re riveted by the show you’ve been binging on Netflix. Before you know it, it’s after midnight. You crawl into bed but you find it difficult to fall asleep. Has this ever happened to you? Chances are good it has. Our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell sees many people who have trouble sleeping due to poor sleep habits. Here’s what you could be doing to contribute to poor sleep,

Electronics and Sleep

It seems like we spend all day, every day on our phones or in front of computer screens. So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that these gadgets could also be keeping us awake at night. Everything from working late to playing video games or reading on your Kindle could affect your sleep, as the blue light that your electronics emit can suppress melatonin. This is why it’s a good idea to put all electronics away at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. If you have to use electronics, you may want to wear blue light blocking glasses at night.

Exercise and Sleep

We all know the importance and benefits of regular physical activity; however, exercising too close to bedtime could make it difficult to sleep. That’s because your body is pumping out endorphins while working out, which stimulates the brain and body. Instead of working out at night, you may want to try switching to a daytime or early afternoon workout to reap the benefits of exercise without causing sleep issues.

Mealtime and Sleep

Your diet can also impact the quality of your sleep; more specifically, when you choose to eat. Eating late at night might make you feel a bit sleepy but unfortunately, digestion can hinder your ability to actually fall asleep. This is why you should aim to eat the biggest meals during the afternoon, with a smaller meal in the evening. Make sure to load up on healthy lean protein to reduce those evening snack cravings.

If you are having trouble getting your sleep on track despite practicing good sleep hygiene, it may be time to see our Bradenton, FL, sleep specialist find out what’s going on. We can help treat any sleep disorders here at Florida Sleep Specialists. Just call us at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
October 07, 2020
Tags: Sleep Cycles  

With age, our sleep cycles tend to wane. The amount of time you need to sleep shortens the older you get, and this is true for both sexes. But the drastic difference between them is the hormonal changes that women exclusively experience, which also serve to affect sleep, along with the sleep problems that are substantially more predominant to women. To learn more contact your local sleep expert Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL.


Hormonal Changes

It is doubly as likely that women will have trouble falling and staying asleep than men. A lot of these difficulties can be traced back to reaching certain hormonal markers that most women will have to contend with. Menstrual cycles are the first of these.


The premenstrual phase brings with it physical symptoms that can make sleep difficult, especially if these are severe. Symptoms such as headaches, bloating, and abdominal cramping. Some women may experience their sleep perturbed in other ways during this time, like experiencing more vivid dreams and daytime fatigue.


The hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy are also attributed to similar daytime fatigue alongside the need to sleep more. This is further exacerbated later in the pregnancy due to the physical changes, which make sleep in certain positions an impossibility.


During menopause, the decreased levels of estrogen can bring along physical manifestations that intrude into an already light sleep.


Post-menopause sleep is further fragmented, making it difficult to maintain a full night of sleep. It's during this time that sleep disorders are made more frequent.


Sleep Help in Bradenton, FL

No matter the age, common sleeping problems affect women more than they do men. Problems that are rooted in afflictions that are also largely more prevalent in females, such as depression and anxiety.


The good news is that at every stage, at every age, you have access to help. If lack of sleep is a problem and you believe you may be experiencing a sleeping condition, then it's time to seek the advice of a professional. Make an appointment today with Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, by dialing (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
October 07, 2020
Tags: Sleep Deprivation  

These days it seems like a lot of us are working longer or during atypical hours, or it's the stress that's keeping up at night. So when we need to borrow extra time it's often our sleep that gets shortchanged. It's an unhealthy trend that carries with it a myriad of complications. If you are having trouble sleeping it may be time to contact a sleep expert, reach out to Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL.


The Cost of Sleep

Sleep is necessary for life. Not only does the lack of it negatively impact your physical health, but you will feel the ill effects just by missing a single day of sleep.


It can happen to anyone, missing some sleep once in a while, but the serious effects begin to stack the more it recurs.


Cognitive problems are the most noticeable early on. Lack of sleep affects your memory, your mood, coordination, and concentration. Because of this, whatever productivity we believe we are squeezing out of the day is immediately lost as we struggle to focus on even the simplest tasks, and we are made more prone to mistakes and accidents.


Less noticeable but more dangerous are the underlying effects. Too little sleep weakens your immune system and puts you at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and even stroke.


Bad sleeping habits also lead to bad eating habits. Studies have shown how you can feel less full after than you would eating the same after a good night of sleep.


Sleep Help in Bradenton, FL

The problem with sleeping too little is that you can't always simply decide to sleep more.


A lot of people who suffer from insomnia are typically stressed by their lack of sleep. Thus engineering their self-defeating loop.


For those who work night shifts and very long hours, it becomes imperative to set aside time for sleep. As well as the environment where sleep will be possible.


Experts recommend exercise, monitoring your intake of stimulants and alcohol, and of course, to seek out the advice of a professional. Especially if you're considering over the counter medication. So make your appointment today, get in contact with Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, by dialing (941) 792-8383.