Dr. Dailey Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions
Sleep apnea can be a difficult disorder to understand, so we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you better understand this serious sleep disorder. Dr. Dailey is dedicated to educating patients about sleep apnea to help you better protect your health from the risks of disruptions in your breathing while you sleep.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
There is no one cause for sleep apnea. Many different factors can play a role in blocking the airway while you sleep. Obesity, genetic factors, and physical obstructions like a small airway or enlarged tonsils can all contribute to troubled breathing. In some cases making lifestyle changes can help alleviate your symptoms.
What Increases Your Risk of OSA?
Certain medical or genetic factors may increase your risk of having obstructive sleep apnea, as well as certain unhealthy habits. Maintaining a healthy weight, as well as regular exercise and refraining from smoking and or drinking may help improve your ability to breathe. However, in most cases sleep apnea won’t go away without treatment and if you believe you are suffering with undiagnosed sleep apnea, you should seek treatment right away.
What Should You Do If You Suspect You May Have Sleep Apnea?
Can Sleep Apnea Go Away Without Treatment?
Unfortunately, sleep apnea will not go away on its own. While making certain lifestyle changes may help improve your sleep apnea, it’s still important to seek an official diagnosis and treatment. Being proactive with treating your obstructive sleep apnea is the best way to improve your quality of life and protect your overall health. Making some healthy lifestyle choices can also make a big and positive impact. Losing weight, eating better, and refraining from smoking or excessive drinking may also help alleviate symptoms.
What Happens If I Don’t Treat My Sleep Apnea?
Leaving your sleep apnea untreated can lead to serious and even deadly consequences. In fact, sleep apnea has been related to:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack risk
- Irregular heartbeats
- Dry mouth
- Inability to concentrate