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How can limiting alcohol and stopping smoking ease sleep apnea?

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You already know that lighting up and drinking too much booze aren’t the healthiest moves you can make. Did you know they can also make your sleep apnea symptoms worse?

Cigarette smoking increases swelling in your upper airway. That can aggravate symptoms like snoring and pauses in breathing.

Alcohol decreases the muscle tone in the back of the throat, which can interfere with air flow -- the last thing you need when you already have breathing problems.

SOURCES:

Tuomilehto, H. , October, 2010. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Foster, G. , September 28, 2009. Archives of Internal Medicine

Vakulin, A. , October 6, 2009. Annals of Internal Medicine

Vasquez, M. , October 15, 2008. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Oksenberg, A. November 2006. Laryngoscope,

Sheri Katz, DDS, president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; dentist, Decatur, GA.

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep,” “Sleep Hygiene.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Tuomilehto, H. , October, 2010. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Foster, G. , September 28, 2009. Archives of Internal Medicine

Vakulin, A. , October 6, 2009. Annals of Internal Medicine

Vasquez, M. , October 15, 2008. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Oksenberg, A. November 2006. Laryngoscope,

Sheri Katz, DDS, president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; dentist, Decatur, GA.

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep,” “Sleep Hygiene.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 06, 2018

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