Throughout the years, study after study has determined that anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, including children, adults and senior citizens. However, some studies indicate that sleep apnea and other sleep disorders may be more common in women. Sleep In America, a study conducted in 2007, found that 60 percent of female participants reported tiredness during the day.
The study also indicated what many mothers have known for a long time: that being a mom is a job in itself. In fact, motherhood may be a contributing factor to sleep apnea. The study found that 72 percent of working moms suffered from insomnia. Age also appears to increase the risk of sleep problems in women. According to the researchers, women over 50 are highly likely to suffer from some type of sleep disorder.
One of the most common sleep disorders diagnosed in women is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Like other types of sleep apnea, OSA is known to cause daytime fatigue, a lack of energy, and nightly sleep deprivation.
It doesn’t matter if you are a man or woman; you can suffer from sleep apnea. While some women may be at a higher risk, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can be diagnosed in anyone at any time. Undergoing a sleep study is the only way to properly diagnose any type of sleep disorder, including sleep apnea. Contact Dr. Roubal’s office today to learn more about sleep apnea and how proper treatment can change your life.