Here are 6 things to avoid if you have OSAS:
Alcohol is a muscle relaxant. It causes the muscles to collapse more easily. Drinking alcohol too close to bedtime could be fatal. You should stop drinking alcohol at least 3 hours before bedtime
Some medications increase airway closure or suppress your ability to wake up when the airway closes. Prednisone can cause fluid to accumulate in the back of the throat and this increases the severity of sleep apnea. Any medication that depresses the central nervous system can increase the severity of OSAS. Some medications that depress the central nervous system include sleeping pills and pain pills.
For many, sleeping on your back makes sleep apnea worse. When you sleep on your back, gravity can pull the tongue and soft tissue into the back of the airway causing airway closure
Sleep deprivation increases the severity of OSAS. According to the National Sleep Foundation, this is how much sleep you need by age.
3-5 years 11 to 13 hours
5-10 years 10-11 hours
10-17 years 8.5-9.25 hours
Adults 7-9 hours
Tobacco smoke is a direct irritant to the upper airway. Smoking causes swelling of the throat, the uvula, the soft palate and the tongue.