Posts for tag: Sleep Apnea

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
November 08, 2021
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

When you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and are seeking a solution through surgery, the Florida Sleep Specialists can help. Dr. Jerry McConnell is a sleep apnea specialist in Bradenton, FL  that looks forward to helping you. 

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

This sleep disorder is common in every age category; yet it appears more frequently in older, obese patients. Some of the symptoms may be sleepiness during the daytime and excessive snoring at night. Ways to decrease instances of obstructive sleep apnea can be to lose weight, lower the amount of alcohol consumed, and sleep on one’s side. Patients should use a nasal or face mask (CPAP). In extreme cases, surgery is the only solution. 

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and live in the Bradenton, FL area, there is a doctor who cares. Dr. Jerry McConnell is the doctor you are seeking.  He is experienced in his field and can offer you the diagnosis and treatment you require. Together with his staff of friendly assistants, you will receive the kind of care that is individualized and attentive. 

Taking the Next Steps

Following a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, you want to ensure you have access to the best possible care. Here at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton, FL you have access to that specialized care.  Dr. McConnell does it all for you to ensure your visit is as convenient and efficient as possible. 

The first step in your plan for care starts with a complete physical and examination of your medical history. Once this is done, Dr. McConnell can make the appropriate plans for diagnosing and eventually treating your sleep disorder. 

The diagnosis of a sleep disorder involves testing while you sleep. This is going to likely mean you have to spend the night in the sleep laboratory. Once the doctor affirms your sleep disorder, a treatment plan is devised. 

If you think you have sleep apnea and live in the Bradenton, FL area, call Dr. McConnell. He is one of the Florida Sleep Specialists and can be reached at 941-792-8383. We will schedule you a consultation appointment with Dr. McConnell. He will then be able to prepare your diagnosis and treatment plan.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
October 28, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

If you persistently experience heavy snoring at night, you could be suffering from sleep apnea, a disorder that interrupts your sleep. Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists can help you manage your sleep apnea in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL.

What Is Sleep Apnea in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL?

Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that happens when a person’s breathing is interrupted during the night. This can happen several times per hour, which affects your quality of sleep and leaves you feeling tired throughout the day.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by something blocking the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the roof of the throat collapses while you sleep. Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, is usually observed in patients with central nervous system problems that cause breathing to stop for a few seconds.

Treatment Options

Sleep apnea treatment can vastly improve your quality of sleep and help you avoid the serious health risks associated with sleep apnea. Without treatment, you are at a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. The treatment options focus on keeping you breathing throughout the night. The treatment options for sleep apnea are:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the main treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea. A CPAP machine consists of a mask that lets out air to gently keep the airways open.
  • For milder forms of sleep apnea, a dentist can provide you with an oral appliance called a mandibular repositioning device (MRD). This device looks like a mouthguard and is custom-made to fit over your teeth. It will hold the jaw in a position that doesn’t obstruct the airway while you sleep.
  • The most severe forms of sleep apnea may require surgical intervention. During the surgery, your doctor will remove any obstructing tissue like enlarged tonsils to keep the airway clear.

To learn more about sleep apnea in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL, contact Dr. McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists. You can schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations by calling 941-792-8383 or 941-827-0701.

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
May 26, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

If your loved ones are constantly complaining about being kept up by your snoring or you wake up from a full night’s sleep feeling exhausted, there may be something more serious happening while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can affect your breathing while you sleep and can cause severe issues to develop. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can help you identify your obstructive sleep apnea and help make any lifestyle changes you need to make to help cut your snoring down!

Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is when the throat becomes so narrow while you sleep that breathing becomes difficult and the brain increases the effort to breathe. This starts a cycle of waking up, falling asleep, struggling to breathe, and waking up again. This process can cause you to feel exhausted in the morning and make it hard to focus on your daily life.

You may not realize you’re struggling with sleep apnea because most symptoms happen while you’re asleep, but there are symptoms to look out for while you’re awake. Some of these symptoms include:

  • The need to fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as when driving or while working.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Becoming forgetful, irritable, anxious, or depressed.
  • Waking up with a headache or with nausea.
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night.
  • Loss of libido.

Other symptoms that you can have an outside party look out for are:

  • Excessively loud snoring.
  • Long pauses in breathing while you’re asleep.
  • Short periods of being awake during the night.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you find yourself feeling exhausted despite having a full night’s sleep, you should call your sleep doctor as soon as possible to determine whether or not obstructive sleep apnea is affecting you. Contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, at (941) 792-8383 today!

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
February 08, 2021
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

It’s important to catch sleep apnea as soon as possible to prevent serious health complications.

It would be more than a little frightening if you noticed that you stopped breathing or experienced pauses in breathing for several seconds at a time throughout the day; however, if you suffer from sleep apnea, this is what happens when you go to sleep at night. In fact, sleep apnea occurs in about one out of every 15 people and as many as 80 percent of those people are undiagnosed. As our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell can tell you, it’s important that you recognize the warning signs so that you can seek the treatment you need to manage this condition.

The Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

You may not recognize the signs of sleep apnea, especially because you’re asleep when it’s happening; however, perhaps your bed partner has noticed some of the signs. If you are concerned about sleep apnea, you may tell your partner to be on the lookout for,

  • Extremely loud snoring that occurs most nights (perhaps your partner has already complained about your snoring)
  • Gasping or choking while asleep

Sleep apnea also causes a host of problems for the sufferer. So, while you may not be able to tell that you snore or that you gasp for air while you sleep, you may notice these other classic symptoms,

  • Extremely fatigue, particularly when waking up, despite getting enough sleep
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when waking up
  • Brain fog and poor memory
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Restless sleep
  • Increase in anxiety and/or depression

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s time to speak with our Bradenton, Fl, sleep doctor. A simple sleep study can determine whether or not you have sleep apnea. It’s important that you don’t ignore the warning signs of sleep apnea, as untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk for,

  • Injuries and accidents
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke

Treating Sleep Apnea

Our sleep specialist Dr. McConnell can provide you with CPAP therapy, which is a machine that delivers pressurized air through a mask that you wear over your nose or mouth while you sleep to keep airways open. Of course, not everyone is a candidate for CPAP treatment. If so, we may discuss the possibility of using an oral device that can be worn over your upper and lower teeth while you sleep.

If you have questions about ways to treat sleep apnea or you are experiencing symptoms of this sleep disorder, schedule a consultation with Dr. McConnell and his team here at Florida Sleep Specialists by calling (941) 792-8383.

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
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.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
April 08, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Did you know that your snoring could indicate a sleep disorder? At Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, Dr. Jeremy McConnell diagnoses a variety of sleep problems, including one of the most common: sleep apnea. Learn more how it could affect your systemic health and well-being.

Your snoring could peel paint

We've all heard, or been the object of, jokes about loud snoring. But, in reality, snoring isn't funny at all. It seriously impacts systemic health, daily functioning and interpersonal relationships. Over time, it may worsen, being accompanied by symptoms such as:

  • Gasping and choking
  • Breathing pauses (apnea)
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Headaches, particular in the morning
  • Poor concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido, menstrual problems and erectile dysfunction
  • Nocturia, or waking at night to go to the bathroom
  • Increased blood pressure and blood sugars

These symptoms and more characterize sleep apnea. Factors such as neck circumference, age (over 40), gender (male), and obesity are risk factors, reports the National Sleep Foundation. While it has widespread systemic health effects, sleep apnea can be treated successfully, and your sleep doctor in Bradenton, Dr. Jeremy McConnell, helps scores of people.

Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea

A review of your symptoms and a fully-monitored sleep study at Florida Sleep Specialists will pinpoint the reasons behind your snoring. Frequently, Dr. McConnell discovers one of three kinds of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, in which the tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the airway as the person sleeps (and snores)
  2. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, in which the brain and respiratory system do not communicate with each other properly
  3. Mixed Sleep Apnea, characterized by features of both OSA and CSA

With a definitive diagnosis, he can tailor a treatment plan perfect for your lifestyle and sleep patterns.

Common treatments include:

  • Oral appliance therapy, a customized acrylic appliance, worn at night, which re-positions the lower jaw and opens the airway
  • CPAP machines, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, which air through a facial mask worn through out the night (the stream of air keeps the throat open)
  • Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, keeping the same bedtime every night, avoiding caffeine. alcohol, bright light and heavy meals late in the evening

Find out more about sleep apnea

At Florida Sleep Specialists, our sleep experts can help you have refreshing sleep consistently and also enjoy a healthier, happier and more productive life. Call our office team for a consultation with Dr. Jeremy McConnell: (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.