Sleep Apnea Affects Men And Women Differently
It has been estimated that more than 19 million individuals in the United States are affected by sleep apnea. It is a condition that affects both men and women, but the symptoms for each gender may be different. Both men and women can experience serious health consequences as a result of having sleep apnea.
This is a common disorder affecting a person’s breathing while they sleep. A person with this disorder will have one or more pauses in their breathing or take very shallow breaths when they sleep. These pauses can last up to a minute. It’s possible for these pauses to happen over 29 times every hour. After a pause, a person’s breathing will start again with a choking sound or loud snort. This will cause a person to go in and out of a deep sleep all during the night. They may only be able to have light sleep. This can cause a person to be tired during the day and experience excessive daytime sleepiness and more.
Many people who have high blood pressure will experience it becoming significantly worse when they also have sleep apnea. When a person wakes up often during the night, it will put stress on their system. This will cause their hormones to work harder. This will result in a negative effect on a person’s blood pressure. Sleep apnea can cause a person’s body to get lower levels of oxygen. Atrial fibrillation, as well as other heart conditions, are linked to people having sleep apnea. A disruption of a body’s intake of oxygen also makes it more difficult for a person’s brain to control the blood flow to their arteries. Sleep apnea is also a common condition among people who have type 2 diabetes. Over 79 percent or more of those who have type 2 diabetes also have sleep apnea.
Men And Women Sleep Different
Each gender has different sleep patterns. Experts believe much of this could be caused by hormonal differences. Woman are at a greater risk for experiencing depression, insomnia as well as daytime fatigue from having sleep apnea. Women get greater benefits from a deep sleep when compared to men. The circadian cycle for a woman is usually shorter than it is for a man. Women also seem to fall asleep earlier as well as wake up earlier than men. A woman’s approach to dealing with sleep deprivation is different than how a man handles it. Researchers at Duke University found that women with poor sleep levels are often more overweight than men with sleep issues. Men and women have different sleep needs based on the different chemicals their bodies produce. There are also anatomical differences between men and women that add to having different sleep patterns. According to experts, women need to have more deep sleep than men.
There was a study conducted at UCLA concerning the different ways sleep apnea affects men and women. It showed that women have a lower chance of being diagnosed with sleep apnea. The study also showed that women who don’t get adequate sleep are far more affected in the part of the brain that regulates decision and mood when compared to men. Both genders experience various symptoms. Men are often suddenly awakened by struggling to breathe or snorting. Women seem to have the symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue as well as depression. Many of the symptoms experienced by women are not as obvious as with men.
Woman’s Health Issues
There are no standardized screening tools designed to identify if a woman has sleep apnea. Most of the tests are oriented toward males. Many physicians agree that with women it’s essential to ask about their snoring as well as any pauses in breathing. A woman complaining of disturbed sleep at night, as well as fatigue, could have an increased chance of being diagnosed with sleep apnea. It is more challenging to recognize sleep apnea symptoms in women as many of their complaints imitate other conditions. Too many times, a woman may not tell their physicians about their lack of sleep. They often complain of palpitations, restless legs, hallucinations, and more. Women with sleep apnea may have mood disorders or dysfunctions with their thyroid. Women are also less likely to partake in things that make sleep apnea worse like excessive caffeine and alcohol.
There are certain things that impact both genders. Men and women both snore. This happens when their throat muscles are relaxed. Snoring results from a slight obstruction of the person’s airways by the soft tissues. Simply snoring is not something that is considered unhealthy. The problem comes when snoring is loud and combined with snorting, choking as well as gasping sounds. Taking very shallow breaths when sleeping and having short interrupted sleep are all signs of sleep apnea in both men and women.
The airways for both genders is confined by the upper and lower jaws. With surgery, it is possible to move the upper and lower jaw forward. Doing this can make the airways larger. In many cases, this is the most effective surgical procedures to treat sleep apnea. This is done with patients who have moderate to severe sleep apnea after other types of treatments have failed. This is also done with patients who have significant jaw deformities that result in them having sleep apnea. After the procedure, the jaws do not need to be wired as they are stabilized. A person’s bite is able to be preserved. Speech and swallowing are not impacted by this procedure.
Many people who struggle with sleep apnea may experience pain. This can result from excessive wear on the joints of their jaw. This type of surgery will improve sleep and reduce pain as well as stress on the jaw. Individuals who have this type of surgery are able to chew and swallow better, which improves their quality of life. This type of surgery has resulted in people experiencing better nutrition, sleep as well as better overall health.
If you believe you could benefit from this surgery, make an appointment today to see Dr. Jamali. His office is located at 42 Broadway, Suite 1501, New York, NY 10004