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Sleep Apnea Not Just for Men

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When you think of sleep apnea, what springs to mind? For most people, doctors included, it would be overweight men snoring in bed. However new research from Europe shows that women have much higher rates of this common breathing issue than we might have thought. And it can be quite serious.

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                Sleep Apnea Not Just for Men


                        When you think of sleep apnea, what springs to mind?
                        For most people, doctors included, it would be
                        overweight men snoring in bed. However new research
                        from Europe shows that women have much higher
                        rates of this common breathing issue than we might
                        have thought. And it can be quite serious.

Sleep apnea is mostly considered a disorder that men suffer. But, in a study
published in the “European Respiratory Journal,” researchers found that women
who were obese and/or had high blood pressure were more likely to experience
it.

Having “obstructive sleep apnea” means that when you sleep, you have pauses
in your breathing of which you’re usually unaware. The length and regularity of
these pauses will show how serious the condition is. The only sure method of
diagnosing it lies with a sleep clinic appointment. Sleep apnea increases with
age, and is overall more prevalent in men than in women.

The new research turned the focus to women to try and assess how frequent it
was, and what risk factors contributed to the condition. It included 400 women
from a random sample of 10,000 women between the ages of 20 and 70. A
questionnaire and sleep exam followed.

A surprising 50% of the women studied had diagnosable sleep apnea. Half! And
there were clear indications of who faced the highest risk. There were links
between age, obesity, and hypertension: 80% of women with high blood pressure
and 84% of obese women suffered from sleep apnea. So it should remain ignored
no longer.
Severe sleep apnea, which is very dangerous to the body, was seen in nearly one-
third of obese women aged 55-70. The researchers reported that this was all a
very surprising finding, and completely eviscerates the notion that sleep apnea is
a male problem.

Keep watch for certain symptoms that might suggest sleep apnea. These include
excessive daytime sleepiness, very loud snoring, any signs (noticed by another
person) that your breathing stops in the night, waking up abruptly, feeling short
of breath, a morning headache, trouble staying asleep, trouble paying attention
during the day, and waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth.

If you have too many of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor. Being
deprived of oxygen for multiple periods in the night can have lasting negative
effects, as you might imagine.

Article  Source:  http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/women%E2%80%99s-
health/why-women-are-at-risk-for-this-disease-too

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