Sleep Apnea Causes

Below are the most common causes of sleep apnea and many other sleep disorders, if you or a loved one fall into multiple categories, you could be a candidate for sleep apnea and should ask your doctor about preliminary sleep studies.

There are different types of sleep apnea, and many different causes for each case. To learn more about the different types and their more specific general causes, please browse the section of our website dedicated to types of sleep apnea.

  • Relaxed Throat or Tongue Muscles
  • Enlarged Tongue/Tonsils/Adenoids
  • Weight Problems
  • Irregular Head and Neck Shape
  • Old Age
  • Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • Dental Conditions
  • Tumors or Growths in Airways
  • Down Syndrome
  • Pierre-Robin Syndrome


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