Dr. Milton Chua talks about some of the other factors, and what you should do if you suspect you have sleep apnea.">

Jan 1, 2018 — Being overweight is one factor known to cause sleep apnea— a breathing disorder that can occur during sleep. But being overweight is not the only factor. On today's Health Minute, sleep expert Dr. Milton Chua talks about some of the other factors, and what you should do if you suspect you have sleep apnea.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Can you fix sleep apnea just by losing some weight? Sleep expert Dr. Milton Chua, is that true or just a misconception?

Dr. Chua: Weight adds on to the risk for sleep apnea, but sleep apnea is caused by a lot of other things as well, like your anatomy. If you have a narrow throat or if you take medications that relax your muscles, those can add on to a more narrow throat, causing sleep apnea. Also, overall muscle tone. If you don't exercise, you can get your muscles weaker, thus causing your throat as a muscle to collapse a little bit more when you're sleeping. So, like I said, weight adds on to the risk for sleep apnea by crowding the throat. The extra tissue in the gut also makes it difficult to breathe at night. So if you think you have sleep apnea, I think you should go ahead and see a sleep doctor for a more comprehensive diagnosis.

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