Increasing your physical activities may help you avoid having a common sleep-related breathing disorder. Researchers have found that exercise, even as simple as walking regularly, could reduce the risk of developing sleep apnea.

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, is the largest to date focused on the link between physical activities and sleep apnea in the general community. It involved more than 155,000 adults in Canada. 

Nearly 6.9 percent of the participants reported having sleep apnea. Researchers also looked into their lifestyle, medical, socio-demographic and sleep health data. 

Those with the disorder appeared more sedentary, spending 4.4 more hours sitting per week compared to those without sleep apnea. After analyzing their lifestyle and other health data, researchers found that spending more time working out could help make people less likely to experience sleep apnea.

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