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Does obstructive sleep apnea run in families?

Obstructive sleep apnea does run in some families. Some risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea have to do with physical characteristics with which you are born. For example, having a dental overbite, thick neck, or round head means you are more likely to have sleep apnea. These are traits that can be passed down from your parents.

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