You can help prevent obstructive
sleep apnea if you:
- Don't use alcohol and medicines, such as
sleeping pills and
sedatives, before bed. These can relax your throat
muscles and slow your breathing.
- Eat sensibly, exercise, and stay at a healthy weight.
- Quit smoking. The nicotine in tobacco relaxes the
muscles that keep the airways open. If you don't smoke, those muscles are less
likely to collapse at night and narrow the airways.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
June 17, 2011
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