I'm fit and athletic. Can I have sleep apnea?


While many people who have sleep apnea are overweight, others are quite fit. The natural shape and structure of your airway (your nose and throat) plays a big role in your chance of developing sleep apnea.

Other Common Questions:

Is sleep apnea dangerous? Can I die from sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is very serious and can lead to short- and long-term health conditions if left untreated. These health conditions include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Obesity/Overweight

What’s more, people with untreated sleep apnea may lack the energy to enjoy all that life has to offer.

What would put me at risk of having sleep apnea?

It’s important to remember anyone can have sleep apnea – men, women and children. It is typically associated with:

  • A narrow throat airway
  • Overweight/obese
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Increasing age

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

A sleep test is the best way to diagnose sleep apnea. The most common sign of sleep apnea is snoring. Depending on the type of sleep apnea you have, other symptoms can include:

  • Being told you stop breathing during sleep
  • Excessive daytime tiredness or fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • High blood pressure

I’m tired all the time. Should I be worried?

Many things can make us tired. Sometimes we just need to practice good sleep habits. If you feel extra tired in the morning, even though you thought you got a good night’s sleep, then you may have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Any problems with your sleep should be discussed with your doctor.


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