Sleep Apnea: Hidden Dangers for Women

  • Topic Info:Sleep apnea is a serious and dangerous condition that affects an estimated 22 million Americans. Unfortunately, 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstruction sleep apnea go undiagnosed.

    Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing repeatedly stops and starts, causing you to snore loudly. Sufferers typically feel exhausted even after a full night's sleep. Most sleep apnea is found in men over the age of 40, but new research has shown the potential hidden dangers women face in diagnosing sleep apnea.

    New research conducted by the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing shows that your body's autonomic response, blood pressure, heart rate, sweating and other basic functions are not as strong in people with sleep apnea, especially in women.

    Since women with sleep apnea appear to be generally healthy, the many women who go undiagnosed could develop heart disease and poor adaptation to daily physical tasks.

    Assistant Professor in Residence, Chief Innovation Officer UCLA School of Nursing and Brain Research Institute. Dr. Paul M. Macey, PhD, explains the research, the risks women face and treatments available for sleep apnea.
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS