Yes, you know that smoking is bad for you, but it's even worse for you if you have sleep apnea. Smoking causes many harmful effects to the lungs and blood vessels. Quitting smoking will almost immediately make it easier for a person to breathe better.
Studies have shown that smokers have a three times higher chance of suffering from OSA than non-smokers. Smoking is known to increase inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway which can further aggravate OSA. Studies have even shown that sleep apnea patients who smoke generally have heightened triglyceride levels and lowered HDL levels.
We don't have to tell you that the smoking and sleep apnea combination can be a killer. We urge a smoker to think about the risks and make up their mind to kick the habit.