This is why sleep apnea is often undiagnosed in women

Sleep apnea doesn't just affect men.

This is a common misconception about the disorder, which is slowly being dismantled.

The truth is, while men often have clear and significant sleep apnea symptoms like snoring and disrupted sleep, the effects of the disorder will usually be much milder for women.

This means that the disorder can be misdiagnosed as insomnia or general fatigue, allowing sleep apnea and its consequences to persist.

Symptoms of sleep apnea in women

Generally, the symptoms of sleep apnea in women will be things like:

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Mood swings

  • Morning Headaches

  • Difficulty concentrating

The disorder also commonly occurs just before or during menopause.

Consequences of sleep apnea in women

However, while the symptoms may seem mild, the consequence of sleep apnea are not. Left to run its course, women's sleep apnea can contribute to:

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Risk of injury or death from motor vehicle or workplace accidents

The disorder is a serious one which needs to be diagnosed properly, and managed appropriately.

How to manage sleep apnea

If you recognize any of the above symptoms in yourself, then please talk to your GP.

When having an appointment, ask specifically about the potential for sleep apnea, and whether it might be important for you to have a sleep study.

You can also get in touch with us. We'd love to have a chat and see how we might be able to best help you manage your sleep.

Sleep well, live well.

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