Health and Fitness

How to Identify Sleep Apnea in Women?

If you don’t have one day of good night’s sleep, you may feel easily fatigued and disoriented the next morning. It reduces your productivity level and creates discomfort the whole day. This is only the result of one day sleep deprivation. However, long-term effect of sleep deprivation or low-quality sleep can be more serious. It makes you prone to health problems like heart diseases, obesity and diabetes.

A serious sleep disorder like sleep apnea does not let your body relax for a good sleep as you repeatedly halt in breathing and wake up immediately after. This is a condition where either the throat muscle relaxes and blocks the upper air passage or the brain fails signalling the muscle that control breathing. Therefore, the breathing stops for few seconds (longer in severe cases) and you wake up only when the brain reports lack of oxygen.

The pauses in breathing are so short that you often do not realize it and live the rest of your life with sleep apnea undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is tested through an overnight at-home sleep apnea test which is called ‘polysomnogram’. The data are then sent to the doctor who diagnoses the condition. Experts at Blooms the Chemist can do the apnea test for you at home and their pharmacist can also advise you on how to improve your sleep quality while coping with the condition.

Sleep Apnea in Women

It is often stereotyped that it is a man who suffers mostly from sleep apnea. However, the fact says that for every three men having sleep apnea there is a woman suffering too. Sleep apnea in many women goes unnoticed compared to the male counterpart. The reason is that women generally have much subtle symptoms than men.

They are also less likely to report chronic snoring, either due to embarrassment or they might not be aware of it. They might also say that they don’t snore that loud and it’s not a problem at all. Though it may seem very common, snoring does not require being loud to indicate some sleeping health issues.

Therefore, it is important to understand the symptoms and be cautious. A simple misconception can delay you from seeking help of a professional and subsequent impediment in treatment ensues. Have a complete knowledge so that you can indentify it faster and avoid any misdiagnosis.

Symptoms

These are some subtle symptoms of sleep apnea in women –

  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Feeling sore in throat and dryness in mouth after waking up
  • Headache in the morning
  • Insomnia or lack of sleep
  • Mood swings, irritability or depression
  • Memory loss or learning difficulties

What to Do If You Have the Symptoms?

Sleep apnea in women is easily misdiagnosed if you do not go to a specialist. Take the first step by assessing your symptoms through a free online application. Do not hide any fact and see whether you require a complete sleep test at home.

So, be proactive in identifying the problem if you find some signs and symptoms as mentioned here.