Sleep Apnea Myths Debunked

What have you heard about sleep apnea? Misconceptions about sleep apnea can be dangerous if it stops individuals from seeking treatment. It’s time to tackle these most common myths and promote healthy sleep!

MYTH: If you snore, you probably have sleep apnea.
TRUTH: This is one of the biggest misconceptions about sleep apnea. While snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, it’s not guaranteed. In fact, 40 percent1 of adults snore and 26 percent of adults have sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when the tissues vibrate in the throat. However, it can be caused by congestion, nasal structure, alcohol or a soft palate. Other disorders that can cause snoring are: obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. So a person can snore without having sleep apnea.

MYTH: You don’t need to seek treatment for sleep apnea.
TRUTH: Sleep apnea should be taken seriously. If you think you may have sleep apnea or have been diagnosed with it but not been compliant with treatment, it’s time to take action. Untreated sleep apnea has negative mental and physical health consequences. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression and put you at an increased risk of falling asleep while driving.

MYTH: I’m young, it can’t impact me.
TRUTH: While sleep apnea affects older adults at a higher rate2, sleep apnea can impact anyone, even children. It impacts close to 10 percent of children between 2 and 8 years old.

MYTH: I’m thin, it can’t impact me.
TRUTH: Although sleep apnea can cause obesity and vice versa, it’s not a straight line indication of sleep apnea. Anyone can be impacted by the disorder. Sometimes, genetics can be a contributing factor because of the way the face is shaped.

MYTH: You’ll sleep better if you just have some alcohol.
TRUTH: You may have heard people say that they sleep best after they have consumed alcohol. While they may have initially fallen asleep quickly, they will not get quality sleep from drinking. Alcohol reduces the Rapid Eye Movement stage in sleep, so if you have sleep apnea and drink alcohol before bed, you will be even more tired.

MYTH: You don’t have sleep apnea, you’re just depressed.
TRUTH: The truth is that sleep apnea can cause depression. A chronic lack of sleep due to sleep apnea makes you feel constantly tired with little energy to do anything. Often those with depression are asked about their sleep habits. Correcting poor sleep whether its sleep apnea or sleep hygiene will help to improve depressive symptoms.

MYTH: CPAP masks are embarrassing.
TRUTH: CPAP masks have come a long way in terms of comfort and appearance. There are a variety of options to choose from that will make you comfortable at night and the machines themselves are fairly quiet. Additionally, those who are getting quality sleep will look significantly better during the day.

There is a lot of misinformation out there about sleep apnea and we are happy to clear the air on all of them, anytime. Reach out to us today for all of your sleep questions!

1. Ohayon MM et al., “Snoring and breathing pauses during sleep: telephone interview survey of a United Kingdom population sample”. BMJ. (1997); 314:860–3.
2. Ancoli-Israel S, Kripke DF, Klauber MR, Mason WJ, Fell R, Kaplan O. Sleep disordered breathing in community-dwelling elderly. Sleep 1991;14:486–495.

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    I am told I do not snore, I am thin so I don’t believe I have apnea, mostly since I sleep find during the day. I do not nap during the day unless absolutely necessary and I always get up around 6:00am and usually go to bed around 10:00pm.

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      However, it can be caused by congestion, nasal structure, alcohol or a soft palate.

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