Posts for: August, 2021

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
August 10, 2021
Category: Medical

When we don't get proper rest, we are at an increased risk of developing a mental health condition, like depression and anxiety. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists, located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can discuss your sleep and mental health to determine the best treatment plan.

There are many ways to improve the quality of your sleep, and you can break out of a vicious sleep cycle. Sleep is essential for the physical and mental upkeep of your body and brain. However, it is also needed to maintain cognitive functions, like learning, memory, attention, and emotion regulation. Sleep disorders may be causing your poor sleep.

Sleep Disorders

Several treatable sleep disorders cause inadequate sleep and harm your mental health.


When the inability to sleep occurs night after night, you may have insomnia, the most common sleep disorder. For example, if you experience lying awake for hours, waking up too early without the ability to fall back asleep, or waking up frequently in the night, you may have insomnia.

You can avoid insomnia by restricting caffeine consumption to the mornings, quitting smoking, and avoid eating heavy foods at night. A consistent sleep schedule and avoidance of screentime right before bed may also help.

Sleep Apnea

With sleep apnea, your breathing will stop and start while sleeping. When the pauses last several seconds, your body can come out of deep sleep and turn into a light sleep. The disruption can cause you to experience daytime drowsiness, poor mood regulation, and other more serious concerns when left untreated.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Do you have an uncontrollable urge to move your legs? Are you experiencing an uncomfortable feeling in your legs? When you encounter this at night, you may have Restless Leg Syndrome, and this can cause significant issues with your sleep.

Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists, located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can diagnose your sleep disorder and help determine the best treatment.

Sleep Medicine

Sleep medicine is a medical subspecialty that focuses explicitly on diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. It is common for you to have a sleep disorder, and if you leave it untreated, it will start to have long-term consequences leading to an increased risk of chronic diseases and mental health disorders.

Physicians who work in sleep medicine look at the whole body, including your mind. There is a significant psychological impact of inadequate or insufficient sleep that can lead to poor mental health.

It's recommended that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, on average. If you fall below this recommendation, it may be time to see a sleep disorder specialist.

Please make an appointment today with Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists, offices located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, because he can help you with your sleep disorder. To make an appointment at the Bradenton, FL office, call (941) 792-8383, or you can reach the Sarasota, FL office location by calling (941) 827-0701.

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
August 06, 2021
Category: Medical

Getting a good night's sleep is essential for us to function well day-to-day, as well as increase our overall health and quality of life. But what can you do to sleep better when you aren't sleeping well? Whether due to difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep disorders or irregular sleep habits can be treated with professional help from Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists, with locations in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL.

Sleep Medicine

Sleep medicine is a medical specialty aimed at helping many people who are struggling with sleep disorders to sleep better. Through detailed medical history, specific questionnaires, and testing, sleep medicine specialists aim to get to the root cause of your symptoms to come up with the best possible treatment for you. Sleep medicine specialists can also educate you and your loved ones on specific symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options for those sleep disorders that may be limiting your ability to sleep better. In this way, you can make an informed decision alongside your doctor on how to sleep better and improve your quality of life.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can significantly affect your quality of sleep and overall safety. Symptoms of sleep disorders include difficulty falling asleep (insomnia), excessive daytime sleepiness (narcolepsy), irregular breathing (sleep apnea), irregular movement (restless legs syndrome), or general problems with your body's natural sleep-wake cycles. With the help of a professional at Florida Sleep Specialists, each of these sleep disorders can be identified and treated to relieve your symptoms. In some cases, sleep disorders may even be cured so that you can have a better night's sleep without lingering symptoms of drowsiness or irritability.

Treatment From a Sleep Specialist

If you or a loved one is interested in getting a better night's sleep, come see Dr. McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. For questions or to make an appointment, 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
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.