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Risk factors of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)

Anyone can develop obstructive sleep apnea. However, certain factors put you at increased risk, including:

  • Excess weight. Around half the people with obstructive sleep apnea are overweight. Fat deposits around the upper airway may obstruct breathing.
    • However, not everyone with obstructive sleep apnea is overweight and vice versa. Thin people can develop the disorder, too.
  • Narrowed airway. You may inherit naturally narrow airways. Or, your tonsils or adenoids may become enlarged, which can block your airway.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension). Obstructive sleep apnea is relatively common in people with hypertension.
  • Chronic nasal congestion. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs twice as often in those who have consistent nasal congestion at night, regardless of the cause. This may be due to narrowed airways.
  • Smoking. People who smoke are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Diabetes. Obstructive sleep apnea may be more common in people with diabetes.
  • Gender. In general, men are twice as likely as women to have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • A family history of sleep apnea. If you have family members with obstructive sleep apnea, you may be at increased risk.
  • Asthma. Recent research has found an association between asthma and the risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

Did you know?

    • Mild OSAS causes increased cortisol levels, and effects the eating related hormones Leptin and Ghrehlin contributing to weight gain
    • Mild OSAS contributes stress hormones and diabetes

If you have questions or concerns about your sleeping patterns, contact Dr. Douglas Liepert, Michiana Sleep & ENT Solutions at 574-367-3750 or Request an Appointment Online.

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