In today’s blog, we’re talking about risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many of our Spring, TX, patients are surprised to find that everything from smoking to obesity could impact their chances of developing this serious sleep disorder. How do we limit our risk of developing OSA?
When people develop sleep apnea, the tissues in the throat and mouth become overly relaxed and subsequently collapse blocking airflow. The patients stop breathing until the brain notices a lack of oxygen. The brain then wakes the patient. While most have little to no memory of the episodes, they can occur hundreds of times each night. The resulting sleep deprivation leads to a number of serious health risks and other complications. But how do you know if you’re at risk?
Am I At Risk?
Obesity often increases the risk of OSA, as well as sinus and nasal issues, chronic allergies, large neck or tonsils, or narrow airways. If the issue runs in the family, you may have a higher risk of developing OSA. Drinking alcohol before bed, which may make you feel sleepy initially, often makes you more likely to wake up in the night or experience sleep apnea. Smoking cigarettes also increases the risk of this serious sleep disorder, not to mention several types of cancer.
Try Our Sleep Test
If one or more of the risk factors above apply to you, then you may need a diagnosis. With our at-home sleep test, you bring a small machine home with you and continue to rest in the comfort of your own bed. We then look at the results, as the machine will measure your blood oxygen levels and take note of any apneic episodes. We then offer an accurate diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate treatment options. If you have any questions about the sleep disorder or common risk factors, then contact our team today.
Ready for OSA Treatment?
If you think you may be at risk, then contact our team for a diagnosis. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.