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Risk Factors


Risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Excess weight
  • A large neck
  • A recessed chin
  • Male sex
  • Abnormalities in the structure of the upper airway
  • Ethnicity (African-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Mexicans)
  • Smoking and alcohol use

Sleep apnea can affect both males and females of all ages and weight, including children.

Have you had any of the following problems?

  • Heart problem (coronary disease, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm)
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Chronic lung disease (ex: asthma, emphysema, “COPD”)
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Overweight