Sleep Apnoea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Over the age of 40
- Having a larger neck size (17 inches or greater in women)
- Large tonsils, a larger tongue, or a small jaw bone
- Family history of sleep apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Nasal obstruction due to deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems.
What are the effects of Sleep Apnoea?
If left untreated, sleep apnoea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
- Worsening of ADHD
In addition, untreated sleep apnoea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.