Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that can affect anyone, at any age. However, there are some risk factors, which are linked with higher risk of developing sleep apnea. The major risk factors are:

Major Risk Factors


Obstructions in breathing that are caused due to excess weight can lead to obstructive sleep apnea.

Family history

If you have family members with sleep apnea or even snoring, you may have a greater chance of developing sleep apnea.Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea

Male gender

Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women.


Large neck circumference, narrow throat, small lower jaw, large tonsils, and large tongue are factors that increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea.


Obstructive and central sleep apnea occurs more often in middle-age and older adults.

Alcohol and pain medications consumption

Alcohol consumption at bedtime and pain medications relax the muscles in the throat, worsening obstructive sleep apnea.


Smokers are more likely to have sleep apnea than people who have never smoked, as smoking increases the inflammation in the airway.

Medical conditions

Heart disease, prior stroke, high blood pressure and type II diabetes may increase the risk of sleep apnea. As these conditions are also complications of sleep apnea, the whole problem is a vicious cycle.

Have you recently been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?

In order to avoid these life-threatening health complications, it is very important that you receive treatment. Ontario Sleep Care is here to help. Contact us to learn how we can help you!