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By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
May 27, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep   Diet  

Everyone knows that your diet is an important part of your health, but you may not know how much your diet can affect your sleep. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, is here to help explain how diet can make or break your sleep patterns and how changing your diet can enhance your sleep.

Sleep and Your Diet

Diet and nutrition can severely affect your ability to sleep comfortably and maintaining your weight can increase your ability to get a full night’s sleep. Your doctor in Bradenton, FL, can help you develop a balanced diet that will benefit your entire life and not just your ability to sleep. A balanced diet consists of mostly fruits and vegetables and will give you the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, helping you maintain a healthy weight and helping you get the sleep that you need.

An unhealthy diet can cause other sleep disorders to plague your life and cause you to be exhausted and make it hard to focus during the day. An unhealthy diet is a cause of obstructive sleep apnea and can cause you to snore and affect your breathing pattern as you sleep.

Without the ability to get a full night’s sleep, your brain won’t be able to function at full capacity and will affect your ability to focus at work or school, and can even be dangerous by causing you to fall asleep while driving. It’s also been proven that people that are sleep deprived are more likely to increase how much they eat during the day, causing a long cycle of an unhealthy diet causing a bad sleep pattern and vice versa.

Contact Your Sleep Doctor Today!

Your diet severely affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep and once both are maintained, you’ll find yourself feeling much more energized and able to focus throughout the day. Contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, today at (941) 792-8383!

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 19, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep  

When you can’t fall asleep, it can be really frustrating and in turn, will affect your quality of life. When you constantly struggle with a lack of sleep, it can affect your ability to do everyday things, such as driving, and your performance at work or school. If you’re struggling to fall asleep, Dr. Jeremy McConnell from Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, is here to help answer any questions you may have about getting better sleep.

How a Lack of Sleep Can Affect You

When you struggle to get enough sleep or struggle to stay asleep, it can really affect your mental and physical health and take a toll on your body. Sleep helps our bodies in more ways than we may realize. Without proper sleep, your body is at a higher risk of heart disease as well as other conditions such as obesity, depression, and high blood pressure. Sleep is incredibly important for regulating your body.

Tips to Help You Fall Asleep

There are many different tricks and tips that your doctor in Bradenton, FL, may recommend that you can implement to help you sleep better at night. Some of the tips include techniques such as:

  • Creating a cozy, sleep-inducing bedroom. Comfort can make falling asleep a little easier.
  • Optimizing your sleep schedule. Sticking to specific sleep and wake-up times may help your body get into a natural rhythm.
  • Find time to move during the day and see the sun. Our bodies are regulated by light exposure and keeping active during the day helps your body relax at night.
  • Cut down on caffeine throughout the day.
  • Try relaxation methods, such as meditation. Meditation can help ease you into sleep.

Contact Your Doctor!

If you’re having issues falling asleep, call Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, at (941) 792-8383 today!

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 18, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorder
Tags: Sleep   Heart Disease  

Sleep can affect many different aspects of your life and if you’re struggling with getting the proper amount of sleep needed or with a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, it may be increasing your risk of heart disease.
 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and people with sleep-related disorders are at a higher risk of heart disease and other complications such as high blood pressure. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, is here to help you learn about how sleep disorders can be affecting your heart and how they can be treated.

How Sleep Can Affect Your Heart

Both a lack of sleep, as well as untreated sleep disorders can impact your heart health in a variety of ways. A lack of sleep can put you at risk for a variety of conditions, such as:
 

  • High Blood Pressure- During regular sleep, your blood pressure goes down. When you have sleep problems, your blood pressure may be higher for a longer period of time.
  • Type 2 Diabetes- There are studies that show that good sleep may help improve control of your blood sugar.
  • Obesity- Lack of sleep can lead to unhealthy weight gain. When you don’t get enough sleep, it could affect the part of your brain that controls hunger.

There are certain sleep disorders that also affect your heart health if they go untreated by your doctor in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. Some of these disorders include:
 

  • Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea affects how much oxygen your body receives while sleeping, and can increase your risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Insomnia- Insomnia causes you to have issues falling asleep and can lead to unhealthy habits that may affect your heart health. Some of these habits may be a lack of sleep, unhealthy eating at odd hours, and increased stress levels.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you’re struggling with an untreated sleep disorder or a lack of sleep, contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, today to schedule an appointment to learn more about how sleep can affect your heart. Call today at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 15, 2021
Tags: Sleep   Stress  

Stress can affect many different aspects of your life, especially your sleep. Stress causes your mind to worry and panic which can lead to sleepless nights which in turn causes more stress and continues the cycle.
 

This cycle leaves you exhausted during the day which may lead to less productivity. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton snd Sarasota, FL, is here to help you address your insomnia and figure out a plan to help reduce your stress and increase your quality of sleep.

How Stress Impacts Your Sleep

The more stressed you are, the more difficulty you may have falling asleep. Stress can cause you to lay in bed and worry about things that have happened or that are coming up. When your mind wanders, it gets wound up and creates adrenaline. Adrenaline can then make it harder to relax or fall asleep.
 

Persistent sleep deprivation can cause harm to your body. People who experience insomnia may be at an increased risk for conditions such as:
 

  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis

As well as having an increased risk of multiple conditions, it’s also dangerous to be sleep deprived if you have a job that involves operating heavy machinery or driving. Constant sleep deprivation may also cause an increased risk of anxiety and can impact your overall mental health.
 

Dr. McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can help you figure out methods to decrease your stress and hopefully make it easier to fall asleep again. Some of these methods may include:
 

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Diet Changes
  • Caffeine Decrease
  • Separation of Work and Home

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If stress is affecting your ability to get a full night’s sleep, contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, today to discuss what methods may work best to get your sleep schedule back on track. Call today at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 02, 2021
Tags: Sleep   Temperature  

Do you know the ideal temperature for your bedroom?
 

Do you and your significant other argue about the temperature of the bedroom? Do you want the room warm while your partner wants it cool? Wondering if your poor sleep and tossing and turning could be due to the temperature of your bedroom? It’s true that temperature can certainly play a role in how well you catch your ZZZs. Our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell can help you improve your sleep hygiene through simple lifestyle changes such as changing the temperature of your room.
 

What is the ideal bedroom temperature?
 

The ideal temperature should be around 65 degrees F. This temperature will help your body get ready to sleep. While infants may require a slightly warmer bedroom, this is the standard bedroom temperature that everyone else should follow (plus, it gives you an excuse to cozy up under those warm, cozy covers).
 

While you may simply alter the thermostat to stay between the 60–67-degree F range, you may wish to open windows or use fans to help keep you cool while you sleep, especially during the warmer months.
 

How does temperature affect sleep?
 

Our bodies all have an internal clock known as circadian rhythms. These 24-hour cycles help you fall asleep at night and wake up every day. By the time you go to bed your body’s temperature starts to drop and will continue to do so until around 5 am. As your body’s temperature drops you may notice that your extremities get warmer. This drop in temperature also prepares the body for sleep. So, having a cooler room can also help to induce sleep.
 

So, if you happen to keep your room just a little too hot (or too cold) this can affect the body’s natural cooling temperature and affect the quality of your sleep. In fact, studies have found that the temperature of your bedroom is one of the biggest factors for determining the quality of your sleep.
 

If you find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep despite improving your sleep hygiene, it may be worth it to visit our Bradenton, FL, sleep doctor to find out what’s going on. You could be dealing with a sleep disorder that simply requires treatment to help you achieve a good night’s rest. Call Florida Sleep Specialists at (941) 792-8383 to schedule a consultation with us.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
February 16, 2021
Tags: Sleep   Exercise  

How you spend your evening could play a major role in how well you sleep.


You know you need to go to sleep but you’re riveted by the show you’ve been binging on Netflix. Before you know it, it’s after midnight. You crawl into bed but you find it difficult to fall asleep. Has this ever happened to you? Chances are good it has. Our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell sees many people who have trouble sleeping due to poor sleep habits. Here’s what you could be doing to contribute to poor sleep,


Electronics and Sleep

It seems like we spend all day, every day on our phones or in front of computer screens. So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that these gadgets could also be keeping us awake at night. Everything from working late to playing video games or reading on your Kindle could affect your sleep, as the blue light that your electronics emit can suppress melatonin. This is why it’s a good idea to put all electronics away at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. If you have to use electronics, you may want to wear blue light blocking glasses at night.


Exercise and Sleep

We all know the importance and benefits of regular physical activity; however, exercising too close to bedtime could make it difficult to sleep. That’s because your body is pumping out endorphins while working out, which stimulates the brain and body. Instead of working out at night, you may want to try switching to a daytime or early afternoon workout to reap the benefits of exercise without causing sleep issues.


Mealtime and Sleep

Your diet can also impact the quality of your sleep; more specifically, when you choose to eat. Eating late at night might make you feel a bit sleepy but unfortunately, digestion can hinder your ability to actually fall asleep. This is why you should aim to eat the biggest meals during the afternoon, with a smaller meal in the evening. Make sure to load up on healthy lean protein to reduce those evening snack cravings.


If you are having trouble getting your sleep on track despite practicing good sleep hygiene, it may be time to see our Bradenton, FL, sleep specialist find out what’s going on. We can help treat any sleep disorders here at Florida Sleep Specialists. Just call us at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
November 30, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep   Heart Disease  

Getting enough sleep is essential for your overall health, especially your heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most adults need at least seven hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately, many adults don't get enough sleep. This can create health problems, including ones relating to the heart. If you live in Bradenton, FL, and need a doctor who can help with sleep disorders, contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell. He provides a wide range of services to help you get a good night's sleep. Keep reading to learn more about how sleep deprivation can affect your heart.
 

If you don't get enough sleep at night, it can lead to a variety of medical issues that damage the heart. For example, sleep deprivation is associated with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Coronary artery disease

People that get less sleep have higher levels of inflammation in the body. Higher inflammation levels in the body lead to an elevated risk for heart attacks and strokes as well. People who get less sleep are more likely to reach for junk food instead of healthier meals and snacks. As a result, they gain unhealthy weight. This leads to a host of medical issues that affect the heart.
 

Go to a Sleep Doctor

Do you suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea, or some other type of sleep disorder? Not getting enough shut-eye can eventually lead to heart disease. Visit a doctor in Bradenton, FL, to get the help you need. Sleep doctor can help you determine what's causing your sleep deprivation and provide the appropriate treatment.
 

Schedule Your Appointment

Don't let sleep deprivation derail your health. Untreated sleep disorders can lead to heart disease. Visit a Bradenton, FL, doctor like Dr. Jeremy McConnell. Whether you're dealing with insomnia or some other type of sleep disorder, Dr. Jeremy McConnell provides a wide range of services to help you go back to a good night's sleep. Schedule your appointment by giving us a call at (941) 792-8383.

By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
November 30, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep   Age  

It's commonly understood that throughout every stage of our lives the only constant we can depend on changes. Our sleeping habits, for example, will vary throughout our lifetime. But many myths and misconceptions exist about the amount of time we should be sleeping at every stage, especially when we're older. The truth is that if you are sleeping less than you should it could be because of several conditions that may in fact be treatable, and that lack of rest could lead to complications beyond falling asleep on the couch. If you would like to learn more, get in contact with Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL.
 

Not Enough Sleep

An often mentioned misconception is that of the lazy teen. Many of us expect them to act like the adults they will soon become, and may accidentally be imposing on them an adult's sleeping schedule while still expecting them to perform.
 

Teenagers require between 9 and 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep as it is a time of accelerated and constant change, and not simply physical. Yet they are bombarded with early school starts and modern distractions. The best you can do for your teen is to help them develop sleeping habits they can stick to, and teach them to limit their consumption of caffeine products.
 

Another misconception is that when we're much older we will need far less sleep than younger adults. But the truth is that there isn't a difference as drastic in our sleeping needs as there is between the change from being a teenager and into adulthood. Perhaps requiring only one less hour of rest when we reach 65 than we did before.
 

As we grow older we encounter more and more distractions that crave our waking hours, and with time, a variety of sleeping disorders and medical conditions that affect sleep become more likely.
 

Sleeping Disorders Treatment in Bradenton, FL

Your lack of sleep, also known as insomnia, can be due to a variety of reasons, many of which may be treatable. Don't assume it's simply to do with your age. Your best first step is to visit a specialist, so make your appointment today with Dr. Jeremy McConnell of Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, (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 SleepFoundation.org)
  • 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.