Posts for: January, 2020

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

When your snoring awakens the entire household, something is amiss. At Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, 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 Florida Sleep Specialists. 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 Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota. 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.