5 Things That Make Sleep Apnea Worse

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Sleep apnea is a serious condition that plagues millions of people across the country. Our Wellesley MA, dental office has treated countless patients using a custom oral appliance. The appliance is used to eliminate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.

There are two forms of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common.

Having untreated sleep apnea unfortunately puts you at a higher risk of problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Even more scary, people can die because of complications with untreated sleep apnea. The first signs of sleep apnea are snoring and waking up gasping for air. If you have these symptoms, you need to call us for an in-depth evaluation or let us know during your dental cleanings and exams.

Call our office today at 781-304-8172 or fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.

In the meantime, we have some information for you today about things that can make sleep apnea even worse.

1. Alcohol consumption

Most medical professionals tell patients that alcohol consumption is OK in moderation. Alcohol use has both long-term and short-term effects. You might know a few people who drink whenever they snore. That’s because alcohol causes muscles to relax, which means muscles in your throat can relax and obstruct the airway. If you’re struggling with sleep apnea or loud snoring, you might consider monitoring your alcohol consumption.

2. Ignoring medical problems

You read earlier that sleep apnea is linked to problems like heart disease and stroke, issues linked to high blood pressure. It turns out that it’s a two-way street. If you’re not treating your overall health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, you risk making your sleep apnea worse.

3. Not controlling weight

Being overweight is a major problem in America, and unfortunately, a major symptom of sleep apnea. A large neck size can obstruct the airway, but also problems associated with being overweight (heart disease and high blood pressure) are also associated with sleep apnea. Although anyone or any size can have sleep apnea, studies have found a majority of people with sleep apnea are also overweight.

4. Smoking cigarettes

We probably know about the overall health risks of cigarettes, but they can also increase your risk of sleep apnea. You see, smoking irritates the throat and upper airway, potentially causing swelling that can partially obstruct the airway.

5. Not getting enough sleep

This is a weird connection. It’s common for people who do not get enough sleep (it’s recommend that you get about 8 hours) to make their sleep apnea worse. Sleep apnea can also cause restless sleeping, which makes it harder for you and your bed partner to get a good night’s sleep.  

If you have signs of sleep or simply need a great general dentist in Wellesley, MA, give us a call today at 781-304-8172.