What are the nonstructural risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Answer

Nonstructural risk factors for OSA include the following:

  • Obesity

  • Central fat distribution

  • Male sex

  • Age

  • Postmenopausal state

  • Alcohol use

  • Sedative use

  • Smoking

  • Habitual snoring with daytime somnolence

  • Supine sleep position

  • Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep


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