Sleep Apnea May Cause More Brain Damage in Women

“…Women are more affected by sleep apnea than are men and women with obstructive sleep apnea have more severe brain damage than men suffering from a similar condition.” Paul Macey

Researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles looked at patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and compared the nerve fibers, or white matter, in the patients’ brains to fibers of individuals without sleep disorders.Sleep problems affect your sleep partner too!

Researchers also focused on understanding the difference in brain damage between men and women with sleep apnea, according to the study published in the journal Sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder than occurs when a person’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Every time breathing is interrupted, the oxygen level in the blood drops, which could eventually lead to damage to many cells in the body.

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