Are You at Risk?

You may be at risk of sleep apnea if you have one or more of the following: 

Excess weight. Fat deposits around your upper airway may obstruct your breathing. 
A narrowed airway. You may have inherited a naturally narrow throat.
Advanced age. Sleep apnea occurs significantly more often in older adults.
A family history of sleep apnea.  If you have family members with sleep apnea, you may be at an increased risk.
Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers.  These substances relax muscles in your throat.
Smoking. Smokers are three times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea. 
Nasal congestion. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose, you’re more likely to develop sleep apnea.