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What Leads to Someone Having Sleep Apnea?

Posted on 5/10/2021 by Office
What Leads to Someone Having Sleep Apnea?Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing stops for a short time while you are sleeping. If you snore loudly and often feel tired after a lengthy night's sleep, you could be having sleep apnea. There are several conditions that can lead to sleep apnea. Excessive weight, nasal congestion, smoking, and other medical conditions may cause sleep apnea.

Excessive Weight

Obesity increases the risk of getting sleep apnea. Due to excessive fat deposits in the upper airway, you will experience sleeping difficulties. Similarly, obesity increases the risk of narrow nasal passages, making breathing difficult. It is important to reduce your weight to limit the symptoms of sleep apnea. By reducing weight, you keep the airways clear; hence, promoting easy breathing. Weight accounts for a significant percentage of sleeping apnea cases. This emphasizes the importance of keeping it down.

Nasal Congestion

The presence of particles in the nasal cavity can lead to sleep apnea. Whether it is due to allergies or an anatomical problem, nasal congestion can lead to sleep apnea. It is important to ensure that you have a clear nasal passage for easy breathing. Talk to us whenever you experience nasal congestion for better assistance.


If you smoke, you are three times more likely to develop sleep apnea than those who do not. Smoking increases the levels of fluid retention and inflammation in the upper airway. This leads to a blocked airway, hence, increased chances of sleep apnea. It is best that you stop the smoking habit for better health.

Medical Conditions

Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and Parkinson's disease are some of the medical conditions that may increase sleep apnea chances. Hormonal disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, and chronic lung conditions like asthma can also increase the risk. Therefore, it is important that when you have these conditions, talk to us for expert advice and recommendations. Visit our offices for more information on sleep apnea.
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