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Most cases of sleep apnea remain undiagnosed, so sufferers needlessly endure symptoms night after night. Often they suffer for nearly a decade before being diagnosed.
Sleep apnea affects men, women, some children and it may run in families. Studies indicate that 9% of middle-age women and 24% of middle-aged men suffer from sleep apnea. However, these rates are much higher for people that are overweight and those diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Other factors that increase your risk of sleep apnea include: