Did you know that smoking make your sleep apnea symptoms worse? Cigarette smoking makes the swelling in your upper airway worse. That can aggravate symptoms such as snoring and pauses in breathing.
Sleep apnea and smoking can be a deadly combination and can severely shorten your life span. Sleep apnea can lead to stroke and heart disease while smoking increases one’s chance of contracting certain types of cancer. Studies have even shown that smokers with sleep apnea generally have heightened triglyceride levels and lowered HDL levels. This can cause an increased risk of
developing heart disease, so added to the already likely chance it can happen with sleep apnea, if you smoke you are 2x as likely to get Heart Disease.