Sleep apnea patients are often older, overweight (especially having fat around the abdomen), male and have thick necks, but men and women of any age or body type can have sleep apnea. Oftentimes, a dental mouthguard can be helpful.
Some of the other risk factors are:
Your neck is larger than 17 inches in men and 16 in women.
An overbite, receding chin, narrow upper jaw or larger tongue are risk factors.
Smokers are at far higher risk.
Diabetes is associated with sleep apnea and snoring.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):- GERD and sleep apnea often coincide.