Posts for: August, 2020

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
August 10, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Sleep   Sleep Pattern   Insomnia  

Do you sleep as soundly as you did when you were 20? Do you wake easily or find it difficult to go back to sleep? Sleep quality changes as we age. At Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, Dr. Jeremy McConnell educates his senior patients on the differences in their sleep patterns and advises on managing this natural part of getting older.

What impacts a night's sleep

Many factors do, regardless of your age. Pain, medications, the light from TV or a computer screen, alcohol, bedroom temperature, and illness impair anyone's ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Depression, stress, and life events, such as widowhood or problems on the job, cause episodic and chronic insomnia. If you notice any of these happening to you, talk to your Bradenton FL sleep specialist today.

Some people even have identifiable sleep disorders. The American Sleep Apnea Association says that 22 million adults in the United States suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. Marked by loud snoring and periodic wakening and breathing cessation (apnea), sleep apnea happens to people of all walks of life and leads to systemic health problems such as type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke.

Age is a factor

As someone approaches age 60, sleep architecture, or sleep patterns, shift. Common changes include:

  • Feeling sleepy early in the evening and waking early in the morning (called Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome, reports
  • Chronic or acute insomnia related to medications or health conditions
  • Restless leg syndrome in which the person moves his or her legs in response to an unpleasant tingling feeling
  • Less REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep, indicative of rest which has few to no periods of active, vivid dreaming

When older people struggle with their sleep patterns, their mood, mental sharpness, and memory change. In short, the overall quality of life worsens. Seniors may become accident-prone too when they do not get sufficient quality sleep.

How we can help

At Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota FL, Dr. Jeremy McConnell and his staff consult with patients of all ages to review their sleep symptoms, perform supervised sleep studies as needed, and treat sleep problems with plans customized to patient need. Age does not have to impede how well you rest. Phone us at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
August 10, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep   Fatigue  

Are you concerned about the quality and quantity of your sleep? Is your sleep cycle variable, disrupted with times of insomnia, or frequent arousals? At Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, sleep physician Dr. Jeremy McConnell helps people identify the factors which affect how they sleep. Sleeping is more complex than you may realize.

It's not just a matter of fatigue

We're all had nights when we are exhausted but just can't get to sleep. Other times, we may fall asleep easily but wake up multiple times during the night. This can become a disturbing pattern. The result is fatiguing sleep debt and also significant physical harm such as poor cognition, depression, decreased libido, hypertension, obesity, and more. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your sleep specialist in Bradenton FL.

What affects our sleep

Many external and internal factors affect sleep, say experts at Harvard Medical School. Some come from within us and others influence from the outside. Either way, the impact is cumulative.

Factors include:

  • Age: Our brains do not shut off as easily or move through various sleep cycles as efficiently as we get older.
  • Medications: Beta-blockers, antihistamines, and antidepressants break a night's sleep into smaller fragments.
  • Alcohol: While a drink or two in the evening may make you sleepy, this chemical wakes you up during the night as you metabolize it. Marijuana and other recreational drugs do this too.
  • Tobacco: Smoking contributes to a disorder called sleep apnea in which your brain is deprived of oxygen. You wake up several times an hour--many times without even knowing it.
  • Light: Whether it's a light bulb, TV, computer, or smartphone, light in the evening discourages sleep and changes our internal clocks. So does shift work and air travel which crosses time zones.
  • Room temperature: Some like it hot, and some like it cold. If your bedroom feels the opposite of your preference, you'll wake up again and again.
  • Medical conditions: GERD, PMS, arthritis, and migraines disrupt sleep patterns as can depression, stress, and anxiety.

Talk to us

At Florida Sleep Specialists, Dr. Jeffrey McConnell partners with patients and their primary care physicians to provide sleep evaluations, care strategies, and education which help regularize sleep patterns, reduce the impact of sleep disorders, and increase overall health and well-being. To learn more, phone our Bradenton FL office for a personal consultation: (941) 792-8383. Enjoy all the benefits of a good night's sleep.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
August 10, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep   Mental Health  

The payoff for sufficient restorative sleep extends far beyond eliminating those dark under-eye circles. Getting adequate sleep is among the most effective ways to ensure your optimal overall health. Studies have consistently shown that sleep deprivation could significantly affect the body and mind. And besides perpetuating serious diseases, insufficient sleep could likewise negatively impact your temperament, mood, and your ability to stay focused on your daily activities.

If you feel that lack of sleep is affecting your mental and overall health, you can consult with Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL for advice on what you should do.

The Link Between Mental Health and Sleep

Sleep offers time for the body and mind to recover from all the hard work you put in daily. The crucial restorative processes during sleep are cut short or don’t happen if you fail to get adequate shut-eye. For instance, during the REM or rapid eye movement stage, the brain sorts all vital information from the irrelevant ones and files these in your long-term memory bank. If REM is shortchanged or disrupted, you can expect your mental acuity and focus to decrease. In turn, you’ll feel less invigorated, short-tempered, tired, and cranky.

Likewise sleeping less than the minimum recommended seven hours nightly is related to depression, weight gain, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among others. Further, failing to get enough sleep could increase the risk of developing body pains and aches, impaired work or school performance, and a compromised immune system. All of these could hurt your daily activities.

Also, sleep deprivation can influence how much and what you eat. The reason for this is that since the regulation of hormones occurs during sleep, not getting sufficient sleep will cause hormones responsible for hunger impulses to be confused, reducing your satiety and increasing hunger pangs. It’s no coincidence that people find themselves reaching for comfort food, which is usually fatty, processed, overly salty, or sweet when you feel exhausted mentally and physically.

Key Things to Remember

Quality sleep provides a solid foundation for your daily life. Sleeping for a minimum of seven hours every night is immensely critical to ensure optimal health. That being said, if you’re having any issues with sleeping, visit your doctor in Bradenton FL to get you back on track to sleeping soundly. Prioritizing sleep could likewise help you realize your other self-care goals, like stress management. Put simply, when the mind and body are always energized and refreshed after sleep, you will be more efficient in responding to daily life stresses.

Having Sleep Problems? We Can Help

Dial (941) 792-8383 to schedule an assessment here at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota FL with Dr. Jeremy McConnell now.