Sleep apnea risk factors

Risk factors indicate whether you could be at risk of developing a condition. Two common risk factors for sleep apnea are:
Being middle-aged
Being overweight
Other factors include:
  • Age (the older you get, the more likely you are to have sleep apnea)
  • A large neck circumference (greater than 43cm in men and 40cm in women)
  • Narrow upper airway (due to comparatively large tongue or uvula)
  • Recessed chin
  • Family history
  • Large tonsils or adenoids
  • Consumption of alcohol or use of sedatives (which may relax your throat muscles)

You are at risk of sleep apnea if:

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BMI > 30
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Type 2 diabetes
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Heart disease
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Aged greater
than 45
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Receeding chin
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Drink alcohol
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Family member
with sleep apnea
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Large neck

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