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The Relationship Between Smoking and Sleep Apnea

It is common knowledge that smoking or using tobacco products is bad for your health. However, smokers might not realize that it can stop them from getting a good night sleep. As a stimulant, nicotine can make it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

Smokers are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea. One study shows that current smokers were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea than former smokers and non-smokers combined. Smoke is an irritant that can increase swelling in the upper airway, worsening sleep apnea. Those who quit smoking can reduce the severity of their condition.

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State programs:

American Lung Association: