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Do I have sleep apnea?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018

The only way to figure out if you have sleep apnea is to do a sleep test. However, there are some "risk factors" that if you have these means you are more at risk for having sleep apnea.

1. Large neck size

If you are a male with 17 inches neck size or a female with 15 inches neck size or more then you are more likely to have sleep apnea.

2. Small chin

If your chin is "set back" or you have a small chin then this is also a risk factor for sleep apnea.

3. Overweight

The more weight around your neck area the more likely this fatty tissue is compressing your airway making it more tough for you to breathe at night.

4. Grinding teeth at night

Many people that grind their teeth at night do so because of lack of oxygen. People with sleep apnea will struggle to breathe and as a protective mechanism their body will try to help them breath. This will include them moving their jaw around and grinding their teeth together.

5. Mouth breather

Mouth breathers are more likely to have sleep apnea. The nose is meant for breathing!

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