National Sleep Foundation

Chapter 3: Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

Risk Factors

SRHS’ risk factors include a number of neuromuscular and chest wall disorders or abnormalities, including obesity-hypoventilation syndrome, amylotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal cord injury, post-polio syndrome, and kyphoscoliosis. Other risk factors include common respiratory disorders, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).1


  1. Casey, KR, Ortiz Cantillo, K, Brown, LK. Sleep-related hypoventilation/hypoxia syndromes. Chest. 2007;131:1936-1948.