If you have sleep apnea, then you'll want to watch your children for signs that they might have sleep apnea too. And you'll want to be the best role model possible, setting an example of following your treatment plan and putting your health as the top priority.
Sleep Apnea May Be Inherited
In some cases, certain factors that contribute to obstructive sleep apnea can actually be inherited. These include anatomical features like a deviated septum, narrow airway, a thick neck, or a round head. Allergies, excess growth hormone, and hypothyroidism can also increase your risk of sleep apnea and might be inherited.
If a child has a sibling or parent with obstructive sleep apnea, then their chance of developing it is about 50 percent greater than the general public.