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Women Under-report Prevalence and Intensity of Their Own Snoring

Posted by AASM Staff - https://aasm.org on Mar 15, 2020 12:38:00 PM

DARIEN, IL – A new study of adults who were referred for evaluation of a suspected sleep disorder suggests that women tend to under-report snoring and underestimate its loudness.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, women, sleep apnea dangers

Sleepless in Seattle?  Why Women Need More Sleep Than Their Guys

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Women need more sleep than men. No, really; no matter how you spin it, research shows that men and women are biologically designed to need different amounts of sleep.

Current research shows that women need an average of twenty to thirty minutes more of sleep each night than men. And while women need more sleep, research also shows that most women aren’t getting the rest they need.

Sleep is essential to a woman’s well being. Understanding why they need more sleep and why many women are missing out one needed rest is paramount.

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Topics: women, losing sleep

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

This blog began with me reading stories from women (many in their 30s and 40s) who suffered from serious heart attacks.  As I read through the entire post, I knew it was pertininet to share the findings with Alaska Sleep Clinic's blog readers. We know that younger women can have heart attacks, and it’s acknowledged that doctors are not good at picking up heart attack symptoms in younger women.

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Topics: women, life with sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, wellness

Guidelines To Keep You And Baby Healthy During Pregnancy

Posted by Jane Sandwood on Jun 3, 2019 10:34:00 AM

Proper nutrition is vital during pregnancy; getting enough of certain vitamins and minerals helps protect your baby from neural tube defects, prevents low birth weight, and promotes healthy development. What you eat during pregnancy also impacts your health, and by managing your weight through diet and exercise, you can reduce your risk of developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and pregnancy insomnia. 

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Topics: women, pregnancy, baby

Menopause and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 14, 2019 7:38:00 AM

As women enter menopause, a decrease in the production of certain hormones causes many physical and emotional changes.  Along with hot flashes and mood fluctuations, breathing issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), can be more severe.  Learn about the connection between menopause, sleep and OSA—and what you can do about it.

What is OSA? 

OSA is a condition in which breathing is temporarily paused and interrupted during sleep. It can present itself as snoring or gasping for breath, and is generally triggered by the throat muscles relaxing too much during the night. This causes the airway to close, leading to the gasping sensation.  More than 18 million adults have sleep apnea, and while it is more common in men, the odds of experiencing OSA increase in women during and after menopause. There’s also an increased risk if you have family members with sleep apnea, if you’re overweight, or if you smoke or drink.  

Why does menopause make it worse?

During menopause, levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone decrease in women’s bodies. These hormones act as stimulants and play a role in keeping airways open by maintaining muscle tone in the throat. As they decrease, the chances of obstructed breathing rise.  What’s more, hormonal changes can lead to weight gain and a redistribution of body fat, sending more fat to the throat area , which can cause disrupted breathing.

How can it be treated? 

Speak with your doctor about your symptoms. In some cases, a low dose of hormone therapy might be prescribed.  For mild cases of OSA, your physician may suggest lifestyle changes, like losing weight or cutting back on pre-bedtime alcoholic beverages. For moderate or severe cases of sleep apnea, using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine when you sleep could be the answer. This device moves air pressure through a mask that you wear over your nose and helps keep your upper airways open which helps you stay asleep. 

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Topics: women, OSA, menopause

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