Sleep apnea seems to run in some families, suggesting a possible genetic basis. People most likely to have or develop sleep apnea include those who:
· snore loudly.
· are overweight.
· have high blood pressure.
· have some physical abnormality in the nose, throat, or other parts of the upper airway.
Use of alcohol and sleeping pills increases the frequency and duration of breathing pauses in people with sleep apnea.