Healthbeat Report: Losing Sleep

12 Million Americans may be affected by sleep apnea but not all are aware of it. Especially women do not know that they suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea’s criteria are being male of 40 years or older and overweight. Women however share the same criteria of age and weight especially women in the menopausal stage of their life.

by Sylvia Perez and Christine Tressel May 19, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Sleep apnea is characterized by potentially life threatening pauses in breathing. Left untreated, it may lead to dangerous medical problems. It’s also more common than most people

Weight gain, mood swings, insomia, headaches and lack of energy are more common symptoms in menopausal women. They are often confused with depression, stress but not sleep apnea. However losing weight could be the biggest contributor in getting rid of your sleep apnea.

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