Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois raises awareness about the treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring.
When it comes to snoring and sleep apnea, women don’t usually come to mind. Your image of a stereotypical snorer is probably an overweight 40-year-old who snores like a freight train and is, of course, male. But don’t be fooled. A recent study confirms that women do suffer from sleep apnea. In fact, the study found that the average age, body mass index and blood pressure between men and women snorers were similar, and women are twice as likely as men to have trouble staying or falling asleep.
The most common symptom of sleep apnea? Snoring! Ninety-five percent of men and 90 percent of women who complain about snoring suffer from sleep apnea. Other symptoms women reported in high numbers:
• Morning headaches
• Daytime sleepiness
Women who are menopausal or postmenopausal are at a greater risk for sleep apnea.
If you suffer from one or more of the above symptoms, you may be at risk for sleep apnea. Consult your medical doctor for further information and to learn about your treatment options. Dr. Sosenko is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the founder of Dental Sleep Medicine of Illinois. She offers snoring and apnea sufferer’s relief through professional oral appliance device therapy. For more information visit her website and blog: www.TiredofSnoring.com.