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Can women have sleep apnea?

Fred Y. Lin, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

Yes, anyone, including woman and children, can develop sleep apnea. With women, their risk for developing sleep apnea increases after menopause. It increases further if they are overweight, smoke, use alcohol or tranquilizers, have a small jaw or nasal features or have a family history of the disease.    

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