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Causes of Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on August 28, 2015 in Learn

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Large tonsils/adenoids
  • Large neck size (17 inches in men, 16 inches in women)
  • Large tongue
  • Obesity - especially an “apple” body shape
  • Small or narrow airway
  • A short lower jaw (compared to the upper jaw)
  • Other structural abnormalities in the airway

Central Sleep Apnea

  • Heart failure
  • Certain medicines, such as narcotic painkillers
  • Stroke
  • Brain infection
  • Brainstem disorders
  • Congenital disorders
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