Sleep apnea is a brief pause in breathing during sleep caused by a narrowing or collapse of throat tissues. Men are the most likely to get sleep apnea, but women suffer from it, too. This is especially true as women age. One study even found that women over the age of 60 are 10 times more likely to get sleep apnea than women under the age of 45 (wow!).
Why Women Get Sleep Apnea as They Age
Women are more likely to get sleep apnea as they age because of the hormone changes that come with menopause. These hormones are critical to the functioning of all bodily systems, which includes the airway. And, when the airway temporary closes in patients with sleep apnea, it can have negative affects on your hormones.
Additionally, menopausal symptoms that can also disrupt a woman’s sleep includes:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Urinary changes
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
And, in some cases, losing weight might even cure your sleep apnea—but be sure to seek proper care first. If your weight is causing sleep apnea, you have a compelling medical need to get to a healthy weight.
Contact Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on sleep apnea and how to find relief.