Researchers learned about the damage to the brain that occurs in sleep apnea patients about 10 years ago. Now the same reserch team from UCLA has found that the female brain experiences more damage than men.
“While there are a great many brain studies done on sleep apnea and the impact on on’e health they have typically focused on men or combined groups of men and women, but we know that obstructive sleep apnea affects women very differently than men,” said lead researcher Dr. Paul Macy. He continued, “This study revealed that, in fact, women are more affected by sleep apnea than are men and that women with obstructive sleep apnea have more severe brain damage than men suffering from a similar condition.”
The researchers found that women’s brains were affected in the areas involved in decision making and mood regulation and that the female patients also showed higher levels of depression and anxiety symptoms.
Women who experience daytime sleepiness, snoring, weight gain or have a large neck size should be screened for obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by using an oral appliance instead of a CPAP machine. Most patients find sleeping with an oral appliance much more comfortable and easier than CPAP therapy and the treatment is highly effective.
Find out more about sleep apnea and treatment options by contacting Columbus, OH sleep apnea dentist Dr. Mark Levy today at 614-476-6696 to schedule your consultation.