There are a few things you can do to lower your risk of sleep apnea. These include:
is the number one risk factor for sleep apnea. If you are overweight, you may be able to prevent the development of sleep apnea by talking to your doctor about a weight loss program. If you’re not overweight, try to
maintain an appropriate weight
through proper diet and exercise.
can increase the number of sleep apnea episodes you have each night.
Therefore, limit your intake of alcohol.
Sedative medications can exacerbate sleep apnea.
Try to avoid use of these medications.
are 40 times more likely to develop sleep apnea than nonsmokers. If you smoke,
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NINDS sleep apnea information page.
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What is sleep apnea?
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