"Sleep apnea is probably much more prevalent now, because we have a fatter country" (1:20)
Obesity and sleep apnea are closely related, says David Schulman, MD. And it's not just belly fat you should watch for.
Being overweight increases your risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea, even if you're not "fat" in a traditional, beer-bellied way, says David Schulman, MD, director of the Emory Sleep Disorders Laboratory in Atlanta. People with high BMIs and thick necks should also be screened for this dangerous sleep disorder.