Do you find yourself struggling to feel rested? Do you have mood and memory problems? Those issues might be caused by obstructive sleep apnea , a disorder that occurs when you struggle to breathe freely throughout the night and can lead to fragmented sleep. Sleep apnea affects 18 million Americans—and there are certain characteristics that can put you at a higher risk for the disorder. Look out for these five.
Some of these factors—like the size of your neck and the size of your airway—are obviously things that you can't change. But you can try making lifestyle changes, such as getting your weight into a healthy range and reducing or eliminating tobacco and alcohol, to lower your risk for the disorder.
If you do suspect that you may have sleep apnea, don't wait to see a doctor. It's a serious disorder that can be life threatening, so you'll want to treat it as soon as possible—both to protect your health and to get more sleep and feel more energized.
Updated September 24th 2017
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