Sleep Apnea, Other Breathing Problems & Obesity1,2

If you are overweight or obese, your risk for sleep apnea, asthma, and other breathing problems is higher.

If you have sleep apnea, your airway narrows or closes while you are asleep, and your breathing stops – sometimes many times during the night. It's more than just loud snoring with sudden pauses. Sleep apnea can lead to:

If you have sleep apnea, asthma, or other breathing problems, you can take positive steps to minimize your risks or get the condition under control. The most important actions to take include:

1. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Web site, accessed September 13, 2011 at
2. National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Medline Plus Web site, accessed September 13,2011