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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
April 27, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Sleep   Stress  

Whether you’re stressed about sleep or so stressed you can’t sleep, these strategies can help.

With everything going on it’s not surprising that more and more people are dealing with stress and anxiety. More than one-third of Americans say that coronavirus is having a serious impact on their mental health, and the majority feel that it’s impacting their daily lives. We know that these are strange, unpredictable times, but our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine doctor, Dr. Jeremy McConnell, also knows just how important sleep is for your health and wellbeing.

Here are some ways to improve the quality of your sleep even if you’re feeling stressed out:

Adopt Good Sleep Hygiene

You’ve probably heard the term “sleep hygiene” mentioned quite often these days. Good sleep hygiene means following a routine in which you go to bed around the same time each night and wake up the same time each day, regardless of what day it is. Other sleep hygiene habits that can improve sleep include:

  • Shutting down electronics about one hour before bed
  • Adopting a calming bedtime ritual such as reading a book or relaxing in the tub
  • Making sure your room is the optimal temperature for sleeping (between 60- and 67-degrees F)
  • Limiting naps to no more than 30 minutes
  • Avoiding large meals or snacks before bed, which can also disrupt sleep
  • Avoiding caffeine for about 4-6 hours before bedtime
  • Limiting alcohol consumption and abstaining within three hours of going to bed

Try Meditation

Stress can make it more challenging to obtain quality sleep each night, which can also just add to our stress. The last thing we want is for you to experience stress around going to bed each night. Mindfulness meditation has been highly effective in helping anxious and stress-prone people get better sleep. Even just small amounts of meditation each day can help to calm our anxious, racing thoughts and improve our sleep.

Regularly Exercise

Participating in some form of physical activity the majority of the week can help to ease anxiety, stress, and depression, as well as improve wellbeing and sleep. Even something as simple as a 30-minute run could help to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. Afternoon aerobic workouts have been shown to help with insomnia and also help people fall asleep faster.

If you are battling sleepless nights, know that the team at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, is here to help. Let us help you obtain the quality sleep you deserve—call us at (941) 792-8383.