Parallels Between Sleep and Stroke

How sleep apnea treatment from your sleep specialist in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL, can lower your risk of stroke

Sleeping well is important to your overall health. It’s an opportunity for your body and mind to recharge. Did you know that sleep disorders like sleep apnea can increase your risk of having a stroke? Fortunately, your sleep specialist can help you sleep well again, reducing your risk of stroke.

Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists offers a wide variety of medical services, including the treatment of sleep disorders. He has two convenient office locations in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL, to help you.

When you have sleep apnea, it means that the tissue at the back of your throat relaxes periodically during the night, blocking your airway. When your airway is partially or completely blocked, your vital organs, including your brain, may not be getting enough oxygen.

Over time, decreased oxygen can lead to:

  • A stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease

So, how do you know if you have sleep apnea? You might have sleep apnea if you frequently:

  • Snore loudly
  • Wake up with a headache
  • Wake up with a sore throat
  • Wake up suddenly gasping or choking
  • Feel groggy or drowsy during the day

The first step in treating a sleep disorder like sleep apnea is to have a sleep test to determine what type of sleep disorder you have. After a diagnosis is made, your sleep specialist can develop a customized treatment plan to help you sleep well again.

Sleep apnea can be treated with:

A Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, also known as a CPAP; CPAP provides a continuous flow of oxygen which you breathe through a nosepiece.

An Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance; is a dental appliance you wear during sleep. The appliance holds your lower jaw in a forward position, keeping your airway open while you sleep.

Untreated sleep apnea can cause serious health problems and increase your risk of having a stroke. To learn more about the parallels between sleep and stroke, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton, FL, at (941) 792-8383, or in Sarasota, FL, at (941) 827-0701. Call now!