Many people attribute loud snoring and sleep apnea to men – especially big burly men. And while incidence of snoring is greater in men, a recent Swedish study concludes that the frequency of sleep apnea in women is much higher than previously thought, The study was led by Karl A. Franklin, MD, PhD, from the Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences at Umeå University in Sweden.
Franklin’s research team randomly sampled 400 women ages 20 to 70 and found that 50 percent of the women suffer from at least a mild form of sleep apnea.
Their research also indicates that within the group of women with sleep apnea, 20% percent had moderate sleep apnea and 6% had severe sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious healthy issue that goes beyond incessant snoring and can lead to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, dementia, high blood pressure, depression, weight gain, as well as many other health issues.
This is why Dr. Marc Whitmore, DDS works with people who are suffering from sleep apnea by offering CPAP alternative treatments in his Plano office.
Sleeping with a CPAP is not tolerable for all sleep apnea patients. Many patients complain about the sound, size and feel of the CPAP apparatus. An oral appliance can be an effective alternate option for women who would like to sleep comfortably without CPAP tubes and face mask.
Whitmore Dental provides care options to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea for more restful nights and fewer health issues.