Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What Are The Risks?

Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include obesity, family history of OSA or snoring; and having a small upper airway (large tongue, large uvula, recessed chin, excess tissue in the throat and/or soft palate). Aging may be a prominent risk factor, as the loss of muscle mass is a common consequence of the aging process. Additionally, men appear to be at greater risk.

What Can Cause Sleep Apnea?

Other predisposing factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea include: use of alcohol and sedative drugs, which relax the musculature in the surrounding upper airway; smoking, which can cause inflammation, swelling, and narrowing of the upper airway; and conditions such as hypothyroidism, acromegaly, and even nasal congestion.

Please Remember..

It is important to note, however, that healthy men, women and children of all ages may suffer from OSA.

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