Forget the cigarettes and cigars. Vaping is now considered the “cool” and more popular way to smoke. With devices that range in all sizes, you can fill your vape pen will every flavor you can imagine. But do not be fooled by the “Fruit Loop” or “Blue Razzberry” taste. This alternative method of smoking can do more harm than you think. Not only are your lungs and body reaping the consequences of inhaled nicotine, but if you have sleep apnea, your habit is likely contributing to your inability to get a restful night’s sleep. So, to answer the question, “Can vaping make sleep apnea worse,” let a local dentist share some insight on the topic.
What is Vaping?
In the simplest terms, vaping is an alternative way to smoke. Using nicotine, chemicals, and additional flavors, this liquid solution turns into an aerosol before being inhaled through the vape device. Also known as e-cigarettes, they have been on the scene for several years now, appealing to younger generations and being perceived as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Unfortunately, that is simply not the case. While the flavor of the liquid used in vaping devices may taste good, the nicotine content continues to wreak havoc on your body and brain. The contents found within the liquids contain toxic compounds that can lead to heart disease, lung disease, and throat cancer.
How Vaping Negatively Impacts Your Sleep
Nicotine is the key indicator as to why you may not be sleeping well at night. Found in both traditional and e-cigarettes, it works as a stimulant, often keeping you awake and alert. As a result, your body may begin to produce adrenaline, thus, increasing your blood pressure, heart rate, and how fast you breathe. All of this combined can affect your REM cycle, which is the deepest stage of sleep. If you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, it can hinder your circadian rhythm and make you more susceptible to developing obstructive sleep apnea.
Not to mention, the nicotine inhaled through these devices also produce increased inflammation and fluid retention around your upper airway, which can create a blockage and lead to multiple apneic episodes throughout the night.
Although your body is not taking in the same number of toxins produced by traditional cigarettes, the negative impact on your body from vaping can have life-changing consequences. After meeting with your doctor and discussing your sleep apnea symptoms, it may be necessary to undergo treatment and proper lifestyle changes (i.e. quit smoking).
Talk to your doctor today if you believe your vaping is a direct cause of your sleep disorder. With the right treatment, you can begin to see a noticeable difference in your ability to achieve a restful night’s sleep.
About the Author
Dr. John Ludu achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry before going on to earn his doctorate at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Undergoing various specialty education courses, he has more than two and a half decades of dentistry experience. Dr. Ludu and the dental experts at Devoted Family Dental understand that getting adequate rest isn’t always easy, which is why they are pleased to offer sleep apnea therapy. Using advanced techniques, they can help you breathe easier and rest more soundly at night. To learn how we can help you, contact us at (623) 444-6222.