For patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the condition is more than just a sleep disorder. It can also be a significant factor in your risks of other chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and mental health concerns. While it can seem like it strikes randomly, there are actually several factors that contribute to heightened risks of experiencing OSA. Today, we take a look at a few things that can increase your risk of sleep apnea, as well as your risks of other chronic health conditions.
Abnormal Oral Tissues
OSA describes a condition where your airway is completely blocked while you sleep, stopping you from breathing for several moments. The main cause of this obstruction is oral tissues that have collapsed into the airway, often due to an abnormality in the tissues’ size and/or shape. If your oral health expert detects such an abnormality, then you should discuss your options for correcting it to lower your risks of OSA.
Excess Body Fat
In addition to oral tissue abnormalities, excess body fat is also a common contributor to airway obstruction while you sleep. All health experts agree that minimizing body fat and maintaining a healthy diet and fitness regimen are essential for every aspect of your wellbeing. It can also help you lower your risks of suffering from a sleep disorder.
Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption
Your oral tissues don’t have to be abnormally formed to clog your airway. Sometimes, they can do so when they’re over relaxed, or when you suffer from poor cardiovascular health. Consuming alcohol before going to bed can cause your mouth and throat tissues to relax too much. Also, the effects of tobacco consumption on your cardiovascular system can exacerbate these risks.
Learn What May Contribute to Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Somethings may be contributing to your risks of sleep apnea without you realizing it. To learn more these potential influences, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.