Sleep and Aging

Frequently Asked Questions

18. What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea can affect anyone, but certain factors can put one at increased risk. Risk factors for sleep apnea include

  • being overweight
  • being male
  • being over age 40
  • having a large neck size
  • having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
  • having a family history of sleep apnea
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems.