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Does Vaping Make Sleep Apnea Worse?

March 9, 2023 7:07 pm

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type, constricts the muscles at the back of your throat as you sleep. This constriction blocks your airway! Does vaping make sleep apnea worse?

How Does Vaping Affect Sleep Apnea?

Vaping is often marketed as safer than cigarettes, but e-cigarettes can cause all kinds of health problems. Heart disease, asthma, and lung damage are three of the main risks. The chemicals in vape liquids, including liquids without nicotine, irritate your airway. Vaping nicotine also causes issues like higher blood pressure and a faster heartbeat, which affect your sleep. If you vape frequently, your sleep apnea will most likely get worse.

Why Is Sleep Apnea a Problem?

Sleep apnea stops your breathing as you sleep. Your body wakes you up just enough to start breathing again. Most people don’t remember how many times they wake up, so they may think they’re getting a full night’s sleep when they aren’t. This lack of good sleep increases your risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fatigue, liver problems, and more.

How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?

Only a medical professional can diagnose sleep apnea, but there are several symptoms you will probably notice. Here are the main ones:

  • Loud snoring
  • Always feeling tired
  • Waking up with a sore throat
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Feeling irritable
  • Struggling with focus

Treating Sleep Apnea at Lefler Dental in Hot Springs Village, AR

Sleep specialists diagnose sleep apnea, but dentists can help treat obstructive sleep apnea! We offer sleep apnea devices that keep your airway open as you sleep. If you vape, cutting back or quitting will likely ease your symptoms, too. Have questions or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lefler or Dr. Goodman? Please contact us today!

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