Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Facial deformities
- Esophageal reflux
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Chronic respiratory tract conditions, such as:
- African Americans
- People of Mexican origin
- Pacific Islanders
- Thick neck
- Obstructed nasal passages
- Large tongue
- Narrow airway
- Receding chin
- Certain shapes and increased rigidity of the palate and jaw
NINDS sleep apnea information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sleep%5Fapnea/sleep%5Fapnea.htm. Updated December 28, 2010. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated May 23, 2013. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Sleep apnea. American Sleep Apnea Association website. Available at: http://www.sleepapnea.org/learn/sleep-apnea.html. Accessed June 3, 2013.
What is sleep apnea? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/SleepApnea/SleepApnea%5FSummary.html. Updated July 10, 2012. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Who is at risk for sleep apnea. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/SleepApnea/SleepApnea%5FWhatIs.html. Updated July 10, 2012. Accessed June 3, 2013.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -