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The Silent Struggle of Sleep Apnea in Women

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
White man with sleep apnea snoring while trying to sleep in bed.Sleep apnea is a prevalent yet sometimes underestimated illness with an exceptionally intricate and often disregarded effect on women. The discreet battle of sleep apnea in women encompasses many distinct obstacles and issues.

Subtle Indications

Sleep apnea symptoms may be milder in women compared to men. Women are more prone to reporting symptoms such as weariness, sleeplessness, and mood problems rather than the traditional indications of loud snoring or gasping for air.

Incorrect Understanding or Interpretation

The presence of these more nuanced symptoms frequently results in incorrect diagnosis. Female individuals suffering from sleep apnea may receive misdiagnoses of depression, anxiety, or hormonal abnormalities.

Phases of Life

The likelihood of women having sleep apnea is heightened throughout specific life stages, such as menopause. During this period, hormone fluctuations can increase body weight and fat accumulation in the neck region, which raises the likelihood of airway blockage.


Sleep problems can get worse or even start during pregnancy due to weight gain and changes in hormones. It can affect the health of both the mother and her developing baby.

Cardiovascular Hazards

Women with untreated sleep apnea have a higher chance of heart problems. Studies show that women with sleep apnea often have high blood pressure, heart disease, and problems with their arteries.

Effects on Psychological Well-Being

Not getting enough sleep can make a big difference in feeling good. It may cause sadness and worry, which women often have more than men.

Societal Stigmatization and Consciousness-Raising

Many people think that sleep apnea primarily affects middle-aged men, so there is a lack of awareness among women who might have it. Women are often scared to get help for snoring, perhaps because society does not view it well. It makes the issue of underdiagnosis even worse.

The issue of sleep apnea in women is multifaceted and requires increased knowledge and comprehension. Tackling this issue requires not just acknowledging the distinct symptoms and danger indicators experienced by women but also lobbying for increased research and customized treatment methods. Reach out to us through our website for more information or questions. Our dental professional can explore your sleep apnea condition and offer treatment.

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