There are a few things you can do to lower your risk of sleep apnea. These include:
Maintain an Appropriate Weight
is the main risk factor for sleep apnea. If you are overweight, you may be able to prevent 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.
Limit Alcohol Intake
can increase the number of sleep apnea episodes you have each night.
Therefore, limit your intake of alcohol.
Avoid Taking Sedative Medications
Sedative medications can worsen sleep apnea.
Try to avoid using these medications.
are more likely to develop sleep apnea than nonsmokers. If you smoke,
talk to your doctor about how to quit.
Regular exercise may decrease sleep apnea symptoms. Try to exercise at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes each time.
NINDS sleep apnea information page.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at:
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sleep_apnea/sleep_apnea.htm. Updated October 21, 2015. Accessed December 6, 2016.
Last reviewed December 2016 by Marcie L. Sidman, MD
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