One of the most common questions we are asked: what causes sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a type of sleep disorder in which a person temporarily ceases to breathe during sleep. There are a number of possible causes and contributing risk factors. Many people develop sleep apnea because of obesity. Obesity can lead to the development of extra fat in the neck area. This extra tissue exerts pressure on the upper airway and causes it to narrow, making breathing more difficult. 


Watch the below video to learn more about this sleep disorder. As you’ll see, a person is at an increased risk of sleep apnea if he or she consumes alcohol at night, takes sedatives, or smokes—all of which causes the throat muscles to relax excessively. This video also introduces the methods and therapies used to keep the airway open and manage sleep apnea, including CPAP treatment. 

Sleep Dynamics provides a unique CPAP management program for patients with sleep apnea near Neptune City, New Jersey. Call (848) 217-0240 to schedule a consult or sleep study, or visit us online to learn about the other sleep disorders we can treat, including insomnia and narcolepsy. Or send us a message and we’ll be in touch!