Reducing Your Risk of Sleep Apnea
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
There are a few things you can do to lower your risk of sleep apnea. These include:
Maintain an Appropriate Weight
Obesity 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
Drinking alcohol 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.
Regular exercise may decrease sleep apnea symptoms. Try to exercise at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes each time.
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