It turns out that a great deal of people–men, women, and a sizable chunk of the medical community–tend to think that sleep apnea is a problem for men exclusively. It’s time to think again!
Contrary to what’s out there, sleep apnea issues come in all shapes, size, genders, races, and can even show up in strange ways for people we’d normally think of as likely candidates! Not all sleep apnea sufferers snore, for example. It’s true that more men suffer from sleep apnea than women, but the ratios are closer than we’ve thought in the past.
Sleep apnea symptoms in women are different than in men, however. This is one of the reasons why more women aren’t diagnosed with sleep apnea. Doctor play a part in this, too. Doctors are much less likely to ask women about sleep-related symptoms. A woman may have sleep apnea even if she doesn’t snore loudly.
The National Sleep Foundation states that sleep apnea in women may masquerade as several chronic diseases such as anemia, depression, diabetes, hypochondria, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, and menopausal changes. You don’t need to go through it alone. If you or loved one are having issues getting a good night’s sleep, call us today to learn how we can help.