Who is 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.

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