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By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
July 06, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea can leave you feeling unrested in the morning and sleepy throughout the day, which can make it difficult to concentrate or remember things when needed. If you are struggling with sleep apnea, we can help. At Florida Sleep Specialists, Dr. Jeremy McConnell, who is board-certified in sleep medicine, can formally diagnose your sleep disorder. Together you develop a personalized treatment approach for managing your sleep apnea so you can finally achieve restful sleep. If you are interested in learning more, contact our office in Bradenton FL.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition associated with brief pauses or interruptions in breathing while you sleep. The interruptions in breathing are caused by the airway becoming partially blocked. As tissues in the throat relax, they can collapse across the airway and interfere with the flow of air. The interruptions in breathing can interfere with the ability to achieve restful sleep and many individuals who struggle with sleep apnea often feel unrested in the morning. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping for breath
  • Interrupted breathing
  • Feeling unrested upon waking
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Feeling sleepy throughout the day
  • Irritability throughout the day
  • Difficulty concentrating

Sleep Studies

A sleep study is an effective method for diagnosing a specific sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. This is conducted overnight in a relaxing setting, possibly our Bradenton FL office. While you sleep, data is collected in a variety of areas, including your breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate, movements, and sleep patterns. The information that is collected while you sleep is used to accurately diagnose your specific sleep disorder so a personalized treatment approach can be developed to help you sleep better.

Treatment Options

Seeking treatment for sleep apnea is important for several reasons. By helping you breathe properly while sleeping, treatment results in more restful sleep, which leads to more energy throughout the day and improved ability to concentrate and remember things. Additionally, many sleep disorders are associated with an increased risk of heart problems. Treating sleep apnea can potentially decrease the risk of developing some types of heart disease. Some treatment options include:

  • Positive Airway Pressure (PAP)
  • Oral appliance therapy
  • Nasal surgery

If you are struggling with sleep apnea, Dr. Jeremy McConnell and our team of sleep medicine professionals can develop an effective treatment plan for you. The right treatment can help you sleep more soundly so you have more energy during the day. Schedule a consultation with Dr. McConnell at his office in Bradenton FL to discuss sleep apnea treatments. Call Florida Sleep Specialists at (941) 792-8383.