Sleep Apnea Support
Symptoms and Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea
We offer information about sleep apnea including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.
Your risk for sleep apnea is higher if you are overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 25+ or obese with a BMI of 30+ or higher.
Large neck size
Your risk of sleep apnea is higher if you have a neck size of 17 inches or more for men, or 16 inches or more for women. A large neck has more soft tissue that can block you airway during sleep.
Sleep apnea can occur at any age. However, it is more common between young adulthood and middle age.
High blood pressure is extremely common in people with sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be a heritable condition. This means that you may have a higher risk of developing sleep apnea if a family member has it. Inherited traits that can increase sleep apnea are obesity and physical features such as a recessed jaw.