Yes – some of the common risk factors for sleep disorders include:
- Age : While sleep problems affect all ages, they’re more common in middle and older-age adults. Children have different sleep patterns, resulting in unique pediatric sleep problems.
- Gender : Women are more likely to suffer from insomnia; men are more likely to have sleep apnea.
- Weight : The more you weigh, the more likely you are to develop a sleep disorder.
- Anatomy : Some people have structural abnormalities in the sinuses, mouth, throat or elsewhere in the upper airway.
- Drug or alcohol use : Medications, alcohol or drug abuse can interfere with normal sleep patterns or the ability to awaken from sleep.
- Other medical problems : People who suffer from high blood pressure or depression are also at higher risk.