Women and Sleep ApneaThe case of sleep apnea is more prevalent in men than women, but current studies show that this symptom is also quite common among women. Although this may be true, there are still several factors as to why women are less likely to be diagnosed with the symptom. Learn more information about the signs and symptoms of men and women who might be suffering from sleep apnea.

 “Dr. Pien: Although there is greater awareness now that sleep apnea is also quite common in women, there are probably several reasons that women may be less likely to be diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea. First, physicians often have a predefined notion of the type of patient who has sleep apnea, like a middle-aged overweight or obese male. Thus, they may not think of this diagnosis when the patient is female.

 Second, women may present with slightly different symptoms than the “classic” symptoms of snoring, witnessed breathing pauses at night and excessive sleepiness during the day — not a surprise, when one realizes that these classic symptoms were described in nearly all-male populations! Instead, women may present with fatigue, insomnia, morning headaches, mood disturbances or other symptoms that may suggest reasons other than OSA for their symptoms.” (Read more)



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