There are a few things you can do to lower your risk of sleep apnea. These include:
Obesity is the number one risk factor for sleep apnea. If you are overweight, you may be able to prevent the development of 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.
Drinking alcohol can increase the number of sleep apnea episodes you have each night. Therefore, limit your intake of alcohol.
Sedative medications can exacerbate sleep apnea. Try to avoid use of these medications.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -