Women and Sleep Apnea
Did you know that sleep apnea affects women in different ways than it affects other members of the family? While sleep apnea is a serious issue for both men and women, there are differences in the way we sleep that can affect how apnea impacts an individual. Both men and women snore, for example, but tend to have longer and shorter circadian cycles. Women and men deal with sleep deprivation in different ways as well.
While women are less likely to be diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, women are significantly more impacted by sleep apnea in the regions of the brain that control mood and making decisions. Women are also more likely to experience daytime fatigue than men. Part of the issue may be that sleep apnea is often misdiagnosed in women as high blood pressure, depression, hypochondria, or other disorders.
It is important for women who may be experiencing symptoms of restless sleep to get to a sleep apnea specialist for an examination. It is estimated that up to 90% of women with apnea go undiagnosed and therefore untreated. Sleep apnea during pregnancy can affect both mothers and their children and ought to be carefully examined.
Dr. Bez and his team are ready to begin a conversation about sleep apnea, its symptoms, and how women can benefit from a careful examination at any time. The barriers to healthy sleep for women can be overcome with proper focus and guidance. We are here to help, call us today to schedule your appointment.