Sleep apnea patients and sleep physicians speak to Everyday Health.
1. Sleep apnea can run in families. Adam Amdur, 41, of Sarasota, Florida, believes he’s had sleep apnea since childhood, though doctors didn’t diagnose him with the condition until he was 35. After his diagnosis, he learned that children can inherit facial features — like a recessed chin, large tonsils, or a large overbite, among others — that put them at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Because of that, he knew what to look for in his daughter.