Sleep Apnea Risk Factors -- Reno, NV
Learn More about Common Risk Factors
Do you struggle to get the rest you need because you frequently stop breathing while you sleep? You are not alone. In fact, at least 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea; however, it is estimated 80% of those with the condition are undiagnosed. Despite having several symptoms of the disorder, like chronic snoring, many people believe they are not at risk for it. Although it can occur in anyone, there are various factors that increase your odds of needing treatment for sleep apnea in Reno.
Most Common Risk Factors
Sleep apnea is a condition that can affect anyone, even children, but there are certain things that can significantly increase your risk, such as:
- Obesity: Roughly 50% of those diagnosed with the sleep disorder are obese or overweight. The increased mass and accumulations of fat deposits around the neck cause added pressure on the airway which can restrict it.
- Chronic Nasal Congestion: Nasal congestion, such as from allergies, or a narrowed nose passage from a deviated septum can lead to mouth breathing. It also increases the likeliness for sleep apnea.
- Smoking: research shows those who use tobacco have a heightened risk of the condition.
- Alcohol Consumption: Drinking alcohol in excess causes the muscles in your throat to collapse. This can lead to an obstruction in your airway.
- Diabetes: Diabetics are more prone to sleep apnea than those without it.
- Gender: Men are twice as likely to have the disorder than women.
- Age: Your risk of sleep apnea increases after the age of 50.
Other Risk Factors
It may not always be obvious that you have an increased risk of the condition. There are other less noticeable factors than those previously mentioned, which include:
- Narrowed Airway: You can naturally have a narrower airway than the average person from large tonsils, adenoids, tongue, or another issue.
- Hypertension: High blood pressure and sleep apnea often go hand-in-hand. In fact, 70% of those with sleep apnea have hypertension.
- Genetics: You can be genetically predisposed for sleep apnea.
- Medications: Certain medications are known to increase your risk of sleep apnea, such as those that are used to treat depression or heart issues.
Am I at Risk?
Whether you have risk factors or not, anyone can develop symptoms of sleep apnea. Often, it can be difficult to recognize the signs of the condition because many occur while you are sleeping; however, you will notice symptoms in other areas of your life as well. In fact, you may experience:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Waking often choking or gasping for air
- Waking with a headache
- Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Daytime fatigue
- Short-term memory loss
- Loss of cognitive abilities
- Irritability, mood swings, or depression
- Sleep deprivation
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you have signs of sleep apnea, do not wait to get the treatment you need. Dr. Robert J. Houchin provides individualized solutions to treat sleep apnea and snoring in Reno. Contact Summit Boulevard Dental today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you sleep better and breathe easier.