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What are the big risk factors for sleep apnea?

The big risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include:
  • being overweight or obese
  • having a large neck size (men with greater than a 17-inch neck circumference and women with greater than a 15-inch neck circumference)
  • aging
  • family history of sleep apnea
  • smoking
  • small airways
  • nasal congestion
  • alcohol or sedative use
Children at increased risk for sleep apnea tend to have issues with enlarged tonsils or adenoids that block air movement through the throat when they sleep. 

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