Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “SLEEPY ZONES to remember about the Causes Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

S – Supine Position: Sleeping on your back can lead to airway obstruction.

L – Large Tonsils: Enlarged tonsils can block the airway during sleep.

E – Excess Weight: Obesity is a major risk factor for OSA.

E – Enlarged Uvula: A large uvula can contribute to airway obstruction.

P – Pharyngeal Constriction: Narrowing of the pharynx can cause OSA.

Y – Young Age: Even younger individuals can develop OSA due to various factors.

Z – Zzz… (Sleeping): The very act of sleeping can exacerbate OSA.

O – Obesity: Again, emphasizing the link to excess weight.

N – Nasal Congestion: Congested nasal passages can hinder airflow.

E – Excessive Alcohol: Alcohol can relax the airway muscles and worsen OSA.

S – Smoking: Smoking irritates and inflames the airway, contributing to OSA.

⚡Mnemonic⚡: Causes Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Dr. Arin Nandi

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