Obesity is Not the Only Factor
While obesity is a common factor that increases risks of suffering from sleep apnea, the increasingly common source is that the shape of the mouth is inadequate for some people’s tongue to be placed in the right position. This is particularly true for younger generations, who were raised with infant formula and processed foods.
Feeding can affect the whole mouth, and yet most people have no idea of this effect, nor how the size and shape of the oral cavity affects the position of the tongue and ability to breathe. According to Dr. Arthur Strauss, dental doctor and diplomat of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, mouths have been reduced in size progressively, across generations, due to lack of breastfeeding and poor nutrition. Breastfeeding helps expand the size of the baby's palate and helps move the jaw forward - two factors that help prevent sleep apnea by generating more space for breathing.