Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Certain types of people are more likely to develop sleep apnea than others, and if you have any of the below attributes, you should consider yourself more at risk than the general population:
- Male – Men are twice as likely than women to develop the condition.
- Age – Even children can develop sleep apnea, but the risk for condition spikes at age 45 and again once someone enters his or her 60s.
- Overweight – Excess weight around the airway can obstruct airflow to the lungs.
- High blood pressure – One symptom of sleep apnea is elevated blood pressure, but people with high blood pressure are already more likely to develop sleep apnea.
- Smoking – Sleep apnea is yet another medical condition that has been linked to cigarette smoking.
- Diabetic – Researchers see higher levels of sleep apnea in people with diabetes than in the general population
- Asthmatic – A scientific link has been found between suffers of asthma and sleep apnea.
- Narrowed airways – Some people’s bodies simply have narrower airways than others. Chronic nasal congestion can also block airflow and increase the likelihood of developing sleep apnea.
- Genetics – Sleep apnea is a condition that can run in families.