What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Many people assume that sleep apnea affects only those men who are older and overweight. However, this is not true. It’s possible for both genders and people of all ages and all body types to suffer from this condition. The following are traits that can increase your risk of having sleep apnea:
- A genetic history of sleep apnea
- Frequent use of alcohol or tobacco products
- A small upper airway
- Physiological factors, such as having a recessed chin or a large overbite
- Being over the age of 40
Individuals suffering from sleep apnea can take steps to reduce the symptoms they experience by losing weight and abstaining from alcohol. Commercial truck drivers with sleep apnea should consult with a physician and receive safety clearance before returning to work.