The size of a person’s neck could indicate if you are at an increased risk for sleep apnea. A thick neck may narrow the airway and may be an indication of excess weight.
Weight gain leads to compromised respiratory function when an individual’s trunk and neck area increase from weight gain. When measuring for obesity, the neck circumference is usually a strong indicator if it is over 17 inches or more in men and 16 inches or more in women. The thickness is associated with excess fat in the neck and throat area that will narrow the airway for breathing. Having
excess weight around your neck can also narrow your airway when you lie down, also causing snoring.
We urge you to come into our office to help you answer some of the questions you may have for options with sleep apnea and snoring.