What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impacts millions of people in the United States, leading to difficulty sleeping and a host of uncomfortable symptoms. But what causes sleep apnea? What risk factors and warning signs should people be aware of?

Frequently Asked Questions About the Causes of Sleep Apnea

Question: Do my daily habits impact my risk?

Answer: In some cases, yes. When you consume alcohol right before bed, or caffeine products or a large meal, you can increase the risk of poor sleep and apneic episodes. In addition, sleeping on your back instead of your side and make OSA more likely as well. We can discuss tips for reducing your risk and changing your daily sleep habits.

Question: What factors can lead to OSA risk?

Answer: Age is one, as sufferers tend to be over 55. The issue primarily impacts males, but women are susceptible to OSA as well. Neck circumference, sinus issues, congestion, and excessive alcohol consumption are also factors in your sleep apnea issues.

Question: What happens during an OSA episode?

Answer: During each episode, of which hundreds can occur in a single night, the soft tissues in your throat and in the back of your mouth become overly relaxed and collapse, blocking airflow. You stop breathing briefly until the brain registers a lack of oxygen and wakes you.

Question: What symptoms should I watch for?

Answer: During the day, you may notice moodiness, chronic sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating on tasks. In the mornings, you may often wake with dry mouth and in the night you may wake gasping for air or choking. If one or more of these potential symptoms applies to you, then see us right away for a diagnosis and to discuss possible treatment options. We will work with you to help you rest easy again!

Do You Need Treatment for Sleep Issues?

If you recognize the signs and symptoms discussed today, then talk to us about a diagnosis or possible treatment options. To find out if you need sleep apnea treatment, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.