What are the causes of your sleep apnea? The short answer is, it depends. Sleep apnea can be brought about by genetic or environmental factors or a combination of these two.
There are two main categories of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.
When the average healthy individual sleeps, the brain sends signals to the chest muscles instructing them to move, allowing you to breathe. Central sleep apnea is caused by irregular breathing patterns linked to delayed, damaged, or missing signals in your brain to these chest muscles. Obstructive sleep apnea, on the other hand, occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax too much to allow for regular breathing patterns.
Sleep apnea has many causes, including enlarged tonsils and an enlarged tongue. Other risk factors include weight, family history, a deviated septum, allergy or sinus issues, or a small tongue in relation to your jawline. Adult males over the age of 40 run the maximum risk of developing sleep apnea.
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