Smoking and Sleep Apnea
Smoking cigarettes has dropped in the U.S. by significant percentages. Though, this doesn’t mean that smoking in general has disappeared. Smoking tobacco through cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and smoking marijuana can all impact your tissue increasing your risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. At All Smiles Sleep Solutions, we can discuss treatment methods and help you get adequate oxygen while you sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when a person is unable to get the air they need while they sleep because the airway is either partially or fully blocked. Smoke, however it is taken in, is bad for your tissue and upper airway. This includes smoking, burning yard waste, and even campfires. The difference is burning yard waste and campfires is often a short term, temporary burn. People generally only participate in these activities on rare occasions. Smoking cigarettes is something that people who smoke tend to do daily, if not multiple times a day, and inhale. This means that they are being exposed to smoke much more frequently and directly.
What is the Parallel Between Smoking and Sleep Apnea?
We often hear patients express confusion of how smoking can be related to sleep apnea. Or, they display doubt having heard the many health risks before but do not understand the severity. We like to share the science and how the body responds negatively, including to their windpipe and ability to breathe sufficiently.
We are happy to discuss the correlations between smoking and sleep apnea. In addition, while quitting smoking may not guarantee your sleep apnea condition will disappear, it has been shown to make treatment options more effective. Being able to breathe effectively is better for your immediate and long term health; we can help.