There are a lot of assumptions about sleep apnea that aren’t true and can even be harmful for you to believe. Instead of believing what you hear from the grapevine, get the right information from the respiratory and sleep experts at Advanced Respiratory Care Network. Keep reading for the most common sleep apnea myths debunked!
Obesity Causes Sleep Apnea
This myth is more like an unhealthy generalization. While obesity strongly increases a person’s risk of obtaining sleep apnea, it is not a direct cause. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one form of sleep apnea that is caused by an obstruction in the airway. Individuals who are overweight have a greater risk of developing OSA because of the added fatty tissue in the throat. However, individuals with large neck muscles or smaller airways are also at risk for developing OSA, whether they are overweight or not. Not every person who is overweight will have OSA.
Wearing a CPAP Mask is Uncomfortable
If you’ve tried a CPAP mask and it was uncomfortable, then you likely didn’t have a proper fitting! It can take some time to get used to wearing a CPAP mask while you sleep, but a properly fitted one will not be uncomfortable. To find the right fit, loosen all the straps before putting the mask on. Bring the mask up to your nose, place it on the bridge, then tighten the straps around your head. If the silicone cushion is creased, then you’ve pulled the straps too tight. If you’re still feeling discomfort, check out our tips for choosing the right mask!
Alcohol Will Help You Sleep
Yes, alcohol is a depressant that makes people more tired. However, being tired does not mean you will get better sleep. Individuals with sleep apnea wake up several times throughout the night, whether they know it or not, which leaves them feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. Alcohol can even make OSA symptoms worse by relaxing your throat muscles that you need to use in order to sleep.
Children Can’t Have Sleep Apnea
Don’t rule out sleep apnea if your child seems like they’re constantly tired no matter how much sleep they get. Experts estimate that 1 in 10 kids has OSA. While many children grow out of it, OSA can cause behavior and medical issues in children from a lack of sleep. Schedule a diagnostic appointment with Advanced Respiratory Care Network to see if your child has OSA.
If you have questions about any form of sleep apnea, you are always welcome to learn more here or give us a call!