Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea has to do with the soft tissue in the throat or airway collapsing while the patient is asleep, and also the lounge drops back into the airway causing the patient to have less air pass thru the airway. The snoring occurs because the back of
the throat vibrates and makes noise.
Risk Factors for OSA:
- Excess weight
- Neck circumference. People with a thicker neck may have a narrower airway because of fatty deposits around the neck.
- A narrowed airway
- Family history
- Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers
- Nasal congestion