Who gets obstructive sleep apnea?
Anyone can develop obstructive sleep apnea. Some risk factors can include: obesity, which can lead to obstructive fat forming around the upper airway; genetics, which determine the size of your throat and tonsils; some illnesses, such as nasal congestion; alcohol and sedatives, that can cause the relaxation of throat muscles; and smoking, which can cause inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway.
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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