Women’s sleep dis­or­ders ex­plored

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL/NATION - By Mari A. Schae­fer

Sleep dis­or­ders are more fre­quently di­ag­nosed in men, but women with the same prob­lems may be at greater risk of health prob­lems than pre­vi­ously thought.

Re­searchers found that the heart prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea (OSA) and snor­ing may show up ear­lier in women than in men, ac­cord­ing to a study pre­sented last week at the an­nual meet­ing of the Ra­di­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of North Amer­ica. They also found that OSA may be un­der-di­ag­nosed among those who snore.

OSA af­fects about 22 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, mostly men over age 40. If un­treated, it can con­trib­ute to high blood pres­sure, stroke, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems in­clud­ing chronic heart fail­ure and atrial fib­ril­la­tion. It is also as­so­ci­ated with Type 2 di­a­betes and de­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Sleep Ap­nea As­so­ci­a­tion.

OSA is caused by an air­way block­age. Usu­ally the tongue falls against the soft palate on the roof of the mouth, which col­lapses against the throat.

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