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does smoking cause sleep apnea?


Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:03 pm Post
I was diagnosed with severe OSA recently, and I am trying to adjust to the CPAP machine. Some friends of mine were trying to tell me that the sleep apnea is caused by my smoking. I know that it will help to quit smoking, but that won't make the sleep apnea go away, will it? My AHI is 52, I think that is pretty serious. Did smoking cause this? If I quit smoking, will I be cured?? Everyone is coming down really hard on me to quit smoking so that I'm not tired anymore, especially at work.
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Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:17 pm Post
I'm no doctor, but I've never heard anything linking sleep apnea to smoking. I'm pretty sure smoking didn't cause your sleep apnea, and I'm equally as sure that if you stop smoking it won't cure your apnea. The only cure with a very high success rate is cpap, apap, or bipap. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused when your soft palette collapses and blocks your airway. I don't see how smoking would contribute to that. On the other hand I am sure that you would be healthier in general if you quit smoking. Good luck with your apnea and your smoking.

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Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:10 am Post
Hi,
I was always told that smoking would cut down snoring in a lot of people.
I guess if it stopping smoking has this impact on snoring then it must help towards sleep apnea.
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Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:14 am Post
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I was diagnosed with severe OSA recently, and I am trying to adjust to the CPAP machine. Some friends of mine were trying to tell me that the sleep apnea is caused by my smoking. I know that it will help to quit smoking, but that won't make the sleep apnea go away, will it? My AHI is 52, I think that is pretty serious. Did smoking cause this? If I quit smoking, will I be cured?? Everyone is coming down really hard on me to quit smoking so that I'm not tired anymore, especially at work.


Smoking doesn't actually cause sleep apnoea, but if you consider that sleep apnoea is a respiratory sleep disorder, the key word being respiratory, then smoking is not good. It has a serious detrimental effect on your respiratory function, so it certainly doesn't help and anything that has a detrimental effect on your general health is not good for OSA.

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Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:08 pm Post
I actually just asked my sleep specialist (who is a respirologist) if smoking contributed to sleep apnea a few days ago. She told me that because smoking irritates and consricts the airway, in her opinion the answer is yes. She also said that smokers are more liable to nasal congestion, which makes cpap compliance difficult. I've had quite a struggle with the butts myself, but I do notice when I'm not smoking I sleep better and I just feel better. Hmmmmm time to try and quit again? Good luck!

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Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:36 pm Post
I have never smoked, nor have any of the, so far, 6 members of my family that have apnea. However, it would be my opinion that it would irritate things and make the apnea worse. Good luck!!



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Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:55 pm Post
Just to clarify my above post, my specialist did not say that smoking "causes" OSA but that it exaserbtes the condition.

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Sat Mar 04, 2006 12:36 pm Post
guest wrote
I was diagnosed with severe OSA recently, and I am trying to adjust to the CPAP machine. Some friends of mine were trying to tell me that the sleep apnea is caused by my smoking. I know that it will help to quit smoking, but that won't make the sleep apnea go away, will it? My AHI is 52, I think that is pretty serious. Did smoking cause this? If I quit smoking, will I be cured?? Everyone is coming down really hard on me to quit smoking so that I'm not tired anymore, especially at work.



I've wondered if smoking/drinking/drug abuse would cause sleep apnea or maybe central apnea.
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