Sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by snoring and pausing of breathing while asleep, is often thought to be a prominently male issue. But, new research indicates that may not be the case.
The research, conducted in Sweden, investigated 400 women from a population-based random sample of 10,000 women aged 20 to 70. The women answered a questionnaire and were monitored overnight. Obstructive sleep apnea was found in 50-percent of the women subjects, with 14-percent of them having a severe form of the disorder.
Researchers noted that there have been only a few epidemiological studies conducted on women, and the frequency of the disorder in women “is still uncertain.”