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.