There are lifestyle changes you can make that may reduce the severity of your sleep apnea and improve the effectiveness of other sleep apnea treatments
The excess weight around your neck and the effects of gravity exacerbate your sleep apnea by applying downward pressure on your airway.
Losing weight may help to reduce the severity of your OSA along with other health benefits.
It is a vicious cycle as some people with untreated sleep apnea may find it harder to lose weight; a poor night’s sleep will induce cravings for high calorie food and a lack of energy makes it difficult to exercise.
In some people, treating their sleep apnea first has aided weight loss.1
Alcohol acts as a sedative; it may cause your throat muscles to relax, exacerbating your sleep apnea.
Always speak to your doctor before stopping or changing any medication.
Smoking may increase the severity of your snoring and sleep apnea. The poison in cigarettes can cause your airway to swell. Smoking also acts as a sedative.