Men who are over the age of 60 are at the highest risk for developing sleep apnea. People of African descent and those with a family history of the disorder are also at an increased risk. While these factors cannot be controlled, most sleep apnea risk factors can, and those already at increased risk should take great care to avoid lifestyle choices that increase the likelihood of developing this common sleeping disorder.
Lifestyle factors that increase your risk for developing sleep apnea include:
- Being overweight
- Excessive alcohol use
- Narcotic or tranquilizer use
Clearly one of the best ways to reduce risks is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, refraining from smoking and excessive alcohol use, and avoiding narcotics. Proper sleep apnea treatment often relies on taking these steps and making lifestyle adjustments that do not contribute to the continuation of this disorder.
Untreated sleep apnea can be deadly, but oral appliances alone are not always sufficient at treating the problem. During your sleep apnea treatment consultation, Dr. Marzban will discuss steps you can take to treat this condition and help protect your health well into the future.
To schedule your sleep apnea consultation, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban today. Dr. Marzban serves Fairfax and surrounding areas of Virginia from our conveniently located Burke office.