Does sleep apnea affect women and men differently?

Ravi S. Aysola, MD
Pulmonary Disease
Sleep apnea can affect women and men differently. Women’s pattern of sleep apnea can be different from that of men. They may have apnea only when they’re in REM sleep or dream sleep and be fine at other times. Overall, the chance of women having sleep apnea is less than that of men until menopause. After that, it evens out. Sleep-related breathing problems increase in women after menopause

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