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10 Things You Need to Know about Weight and Sleep Apnea

1. There are many contributing factors to obstructive sleep apnea including age, smoking, alcohol consumption, anatomical hereditary features (thick neck, round face, narrow airway, etc.), and even enlarged tonsils or adenoids. However, of all the contributing causes, an individual’s weight is often the most likely contributing factor.

2. Men with neck circumferences greater than 17 inches and women with neck circumferences greater than 16 inches are at higher risk for having OSA.

3. Poor sleep caused by sleep apnea leads to decreased energy during the day, which in turn leads to a more sedentary lifestyle devoid of healthy activities and exercise.

4. Decreased quality of sleep contributes to unhealthy food cravings for sugary foods and foods high in carbohydrates.