Sleep apnea Risk Factors

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Fri, 06/25/2010

Some of the factors that contribute to the cause of sleep apnea called as sleep-apnea risk factors.

Sleep apnea Risk

  • It is an estimate that more than half of the people who have this condition are overweight.
  • Sleep apnea is more common in men than women are. That is one out of fifty men and one out of fifty women has sleep apnea estimated in middle-aged population.
  • Aging can increase the risk of having sleep apnea. That is one out of ten people over the age of 65 have sleep apnea. Women after menopause have more risk.
  • Family history - If any family member has sleep apnea, can increase the chances to develop it.
  • People who have small airways in their noses, throats, or mouths also are more likely to develop it. Smaller airways may be due to the bone structure of neck & throat area, allergies or other medical conditions that cause congestion in these areas.
  • Small children often have enlarged tonsil tissues in the throat. This can increase the chances of having it.
  • Other risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, stroke, or heart failure.