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Who is a Risk of Sleep Apnea


sleeperAnyone can have obstructive sleep apnea.

It is estimated that more than 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea. More than half the people who have sleep apnea are overweight, and most snore heavily.

Sleep apnea is more common in men. One out of 25 middle-aged men and 1 out of 50 middle-aged women have sleep apnea that causes them to be very sleepy during the day. Sleep apnea is more common in African Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders than in Caucasians. If someone in your family has sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop it than someone without a family history of the condition.

Adults who are most likely to have sleep apnea:

  • Snore loudly.

  • Are overweight.

  • Have high blood pressure.

  • Have a decreased size of the airways in their nose, throat, or mouth. This can be caused by the shape of these structures or by medical conditions causing congestion in these areas, such as hay fever or other allergies.

  • Have a family history of sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea can also occur in children who snore. If your child snores, you should discuss it with your child’s doctor or health care provider.

Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute





Further Resources


Sleep Disorders Australia

Sleep Disorders Australia is a voluntary organization with branches in each State, providing information and support to sufferers of sleep disorders and their families.


Sleep apnea - MayoClinic.com
Sleep apnea Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of central and obstructive sleep apnea. ... If so, you may have sleep apnea. In this potentially serious sleep disorder, breathing ... stops and starts during sleep.

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopaedia: Sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome; Apnea - sleep apnea syndrome ... obese men seem to be at higher risk, though as many as 40% of people with obstructive sleep apnea are not obese.

National Sleep Foundation
Non-profit organization supporting public education, sleep-related research, and advocacy related to sleep deprivation, sleep disorders and sleep apnea.


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