4 Causes of Sleep Apnea & Route of Relief

Sleep apnea can impact quality of life, causing problems like fatigue, headaches and difficulty focusing. Millions suffer from it and don’t know why because the symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Loud snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. Here are the risk factors of sleep apnea and how to treat them.

1. Hypothyroidism

People with hypothyroidism usually develop enlarged thyroid, leading to blocked airways and sleep apnea. Also, patients with underactive thyroid are more susceptible to developing sleep apnea. Four in 10 people with an underactive thyroid experience sleep apnea.

2. Acromegaly

People with acromegaly develop an obstruction due to the tongue’s enlargement, craniofacial changes, and larynx tissue thickening. So, this makes acromegaly associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

3. Smoking

Smoking affects your body’s sleep cycle, so heavy smokers display a great risk for developing sleep-disordered breathing. Also, smoking can be an irritant to provoke throat and nose swelling, reducing the airflow space. In turn, it can cause difficulty breathing as tissue in the throat continues to be irritated and swollen.

4. Narrow Throat

Narrow or blocked airways in the nose, throat, or mouth can cause sleep apnea because your airways can be blocked when your tongue and throat muscles relax during sleep. In addition, it can occur if you have large adenoids or tonsils, although they may not cause problems during the day.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options


Sleep apnea is a disorder that can negatively impact your health. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available. We will work with you to find the right one for your needs. Visit or call Dr. Samuel Cress, DDS. to schedule an appointment today.