What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

When patients develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they can become exhausted and their overall quality of life may suffer. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the causes of sleep apnea and what steps people in Pearland, TX, can take to reduce their risk.

Poor Sleeping Habits

Often, poor sleeping habits can increase the risk of OSA. For example, sleeping on your back instead of your side, going to bed and waking up at different times, and consuming caffeine products or alcohol right before bed. While you may feel sleepy after consuming alcohol, you can end up having trouble entering the REM stage of sleep. Other factors can include exercise or large meals in the two hours before bed.

Overall Health

Just as sleep apnea can have a negative impact on your overall health, your health can impact your OSA risk. Patients with issues related to congestion or a deviated septum may be more likely to develop the disorder. Neck circumference can also impact risk, as well as weight, as obese people tend to be more likely to develop the disorder. OSA also tends to impact men more than women and patients over the age of 55 may be more likely to develop this sleep issue. Finally, if you smoke or have a family history of sleep apnea, then the risk of the disorder increases.

Common Symptoms

Now that you know the risk factors, when should you see the dentist? Common symptoms may include snoring, waking up in the night gasping for air or choking, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth, moodiness, and trouble concentrating on tasks at work or school. Other symptoms may consist of sore throat, heart burn, and headaches or migraines. If you experience one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, then contact our team today. We can perform a diagnosis and create a customized treatment plan to help you rest easier.

Do You Need Sleep Apnea Treatment?

We can offer solutions for OSA, including custom-made oral appliances. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.