Who gets sleep apnea and what are the demographics?
- OVER 40
- FAMILY HISTORY
- WOMEN – MORE COMMON AS THEY GET OLDER – PAST MENOPAUSE
- CHILDREN (NOT AS COMMON, HOWEVER, VERY SERIOUS)
- CORONARY DISORDER PATIENTS
Sleep apnea can affect individuals of any age or gender, although certain factors can increase the risk. It is more common in men than women, but women can also develop sleep apnea, especially after menopause.
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE JAWS, WHICH MAY BE EXACERBATED BY HEREDITY, CHILDHOOD NASAL ALLERGIES, BABIES WITH HIGH FRENA (TONGUE TIED AT BIRTH).
The risk of sleep apnea increases with age, as the muscles in the throat and airway may lose their tone over time. Obesity is a significant risk factor, as excess weight can contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. Other risk factors include having a family history of sleep apnea, having a narrow airway, and other anatomical factors. While sleep apnea can occur in individuals from any demographic background, understanding these risk factors can help identify those who may be at a higher risk and encourage them to seek appropriate diagnosis and treatment.