Women can have sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea (OSA - obstructive sleep apnea) is a condition in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat repeatedly stops breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep, so that air cannot flow into the lungs. This airway blockage can reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and body, that can be associated with high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke.
Between 10 and 30% of all adults snore, and in the age group 40 to 60, 60% of men and 40% of women snore. Swedish researchers say they were surprised to discover a large number of women suffer from sleep apnea, dispelling a common belief that the condition affects mostly men.
Researchers from Uppsala University and Umea University studied 400 women from a random sample of 10,000 women aged 20 to 70. They found obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), was present in half of the women. But the condition was more prevalent in women who were obese (84%), suffered from hypertension (80%), and were older. Severe obstructive sleep apnea was found in 31% obese women aged 55 to 70.
According to a 2009 Public Health Agency of Canada survey, nearly 860,000 Canadians were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Nearly twice the number of men had the disorder, compared to women, the survey said.
Researchers were very surprised to find such a high occurrence of obstructive sleep apnea in women, as it is traditionally thought of as a male disorder.
All snores should consult your doctor, for medical advice ...
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