Sunday, September 16, 2012

Do half of women have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is no longer a secret to most women and men, the effects on their health and mental well-being can be profound and even deadly. The lack of oxygen due to the blockage in the back of the throat not only causes you to wake up constantly throughout the night, it is also bad for your heart. Sleep apnea is often found in folks who have weight issues (although not all the time) and it can also be found in children as well. A recent study comes out with a shocking result saying that over half of all the women may have sleep apnea.

In a Swedish study of 400 women half of them were found to have mild to severe cases of sleep apnea. According to an article inReuters “Among women with hypertension or who were obese - two risk factors for sleep apnea - the numbers were even higher, reaching 80 to 84 percent of women.”

That is really astonishing considering the health risks involved in sleep apnea. What is even stranger is the notion that more men have sleep apnea than women, if that is true than sleep apnea is more of a problem than most folks realize.

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