On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast.
A lot of people have troubles in getting the required 7-9 hours of sleep daily. When it comes to pregnant women, things get even more complex. This is because pregnant women tend to feel tired, yet they find it difficult to sleep as a result of the discomfort they experience, in most cases.
On average, women need roughly 20 more minutes of sleep per night than men do. That's because they expend more mental energy each day—in other words, they multitask and use more of their brains. I can’t think of a mom who would disagree.
When we think about the typical sleep apnea patient, we often picture a heavyset man over forty years old with a thick neck and an earth-rattling snore. And while this image often does fit the profile of a sleep apnea patient, it by no means represents a complete picture of the demographic of sleep apnea sufferers.
Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea patients come in all shapes, sizes, races, genders, and can even have symptoms atypical of those common for sleep apnea. For instance, not all sleep apnea sufferers snore, many are not obese or even overweight, and not all of them are male.
March is Women's Month, so here we discuss the prevalence of sleep apnea in women and why they are often an under-diagnosed and under-served population suffering from this sleep disorder.