What Are The Risk Factors For Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Continuing on our theme of obstructive sleep apnoea, we are going to talk about 'What arethe risk factors for OSA?'  OSA is a major cause of snoring, causing disrupted sleep for both the sufferer and their partner.  There are several; some are reversible, some are avoidable, some of them are neither reversible or avoidable.

  • Obesity
  • Large neck circumference/large collar size
  • Being male
  • Being over 65
  • Consumption of alcohol or other sedatives
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes; also an independent risk factor for heart attacks and strokes
  • Ethnic origin

If you or someone you know thinks you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea it is important to seek medical advice. This is so you can address any reversible risk factors and treat the OSA, if required.  Untreated, it can lead to serious health issues.  Some of the reversible risk factors can be simple to fix and can stop OSA from occurring. This reduces cardiovascular risk and the chance of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and death.  Smoking cessation advice and treatments are available from your GP, as well as advice on alcohol consumption.  Diabetes has many potential complications and it is very important to keep blood sugar under control.  Many of the risk factors for stroke and heart disease are also risk factors for obstructive sleep apnoea.

If obstructive sleep apnoea is kept under control, quality and length of life can both be dramatically improved.

Next week; what are the complications of obstructive sleep apnoea?

  What Are The Risk Factors For Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

 What Are The Risk Factors For Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?


Very loud snoring is a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  This is when people intermittently stop breathing whilst asleep when the soft tissues of the upper airways relax.  See-sawing of the chest may occur until sufferers wake up enough for the muscle tone in their upper airways to increase, allowing them to start breathing again.

They may wake up partially or completely.  This cycle can happen several times a night resulting in poor quality sleep and severe daytime sleepiness.  It may be so bad that people fall asleep at work or whilst driving.

Severe, very loud snoring is a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea.  Risk factors include;

  • Being male
  • Middle age
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Having a large collar size
  • Diabetes

You might benefit from a good pair of ear plugs.  ZenPlugs Molded Snoring Ear Plugs are ideal for preventing yourself being woken up by the sound of snoring.  They are highly comfortable and last for years.  They are better for use in bed than many other types of ear plugs because they don't protrude from your ears so are more comfortable when lying on your side.

Treat yourself to years of peaceful sleep with ZenPlugs Molded Snoring Ear Plugs.