Sleep Disorders Impact Men and Women Differently

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine indicates that men and women are affected differently by sleep disorders.  Women are more likely to have trouble sleeping, have excessive daytime sleepiness, and more severe symptoms of depression.  Disordered sleep has a greater affect in women than men in their ability to concentrate and remember things.

Interestingly, male snoring was more likely than female snoring to force bed partners to sleep in different rooms.  This is probably the result of women having more difficulty sleeping than men, and so are more likely to be disturbed by a partner’s snoring.

Sleep disorders, most commonly obstructive sleep apnea, are common, and may significantly impact quality of life.  The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring and daytime lethargy.  If sleep apnea is suspected, a home sleep study is diagnostic and will lead to treatment recommendations.  There are a variety of treatments available for obstructive sleep apnea.

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