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A common misconception is that sleep apnea only affects older, overweight men. 

This widely-held assumption is wrong. Anyone can have sleep apnea, regardless of gender, age or body type. If you have any of the following traits, you may be at increased risk of having sleep apnea:

  • Excess weight: An adult or child with a BMI of 25 or higher is considered to be overweight. Your risk of sleep apnea increases with excess body weight.
  • Large neck size (>17 inches for men, > 16 inches for women)
  • Older age (40+ for men, 50+ for women)
  • Being male: Men have twice the risk of having sleep apnea compared to women.
  • Smoker: Smokers have a higher risk of oxygen deprivation with their sleep apnea.
  • Hypertensive: High blood pressure is very common in people with sleep apnea.
  • Family history: Sleep apnea can occur more often among family members. This may be a result of either inherited traits or common lifestyles.