Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “ZESTY NAPS“ to remember about the Risk Factors For Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Z: Zzz (Sleepiness during the day) – Excessive daytime sleepiness is a common symptom.
E: Enlarged Tonsils and Adenoids – These can obstruct the airway during sleep.
S: Smoking – Smoking can increase the risk of OSA.
T: Thyroid Disorders – Hypothyroidism can be a risk factor.
Y: Your Family History – A family history of OSA can increase your risk.
N: Neck Circumference – A thicker neck can contribute to OSA.
A: Alcohol – Consuming alcohol, especially before bedtime, can relax the airway muscles.
P: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (in women) – It’s a recognized risk factor.
S: Supine Sleep Position – Sleeping on your back can worsen OSA.
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