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Who gets obstructive sleep apnea?

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You're more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea if you're overweight or obese, have a thick or large neck, or have smaller airways in your nose, throat, or mouth. Your chances are also higher if you smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure, or have higher odds of heart failure or stroke.

The condition is more common among men than women, and it gets more likely as you get older.

From: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Explained WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 4, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 4, 2018

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