A new study by Tel Aviv University shows that women aged 55 and over, who snore in their sleep, Are at increased risk for sleep apneaWhich could result in death.
The researchers warn and say that because the phenomenon occurs during sleep, in most cases women who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing are not at all aware that they are suffering from the problem and others are ashamed to admit that they snore at night. However, they also do not know that they are at increased risk for sleep apnea.
The study was led by Dr. Alona Amudi Perlman, Prof. Ilana Eli, Dr. Javan Suleiman and Dr. Pesia Friedman-Rubin from the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Tel Aviv University School of Dentistry, and was published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Medicine.
In the study, which included hundreds of women, the researchers examined two groups of Israeli women: women aged 40-20 (ie before menopause) and women aged 55 and over (after menopause).
The study found that about 15% of older women are at significant risk for sleep apnea compared to only about 3.5% of young women. Among young women, 1.8% are at high risk and 1.8% are at moderate risk of developing sleep apnea, while in adulthood the rate jumps to 5.2% at high risk and 9.5% at medium risk.
The researchers also found that 11% of women who snore (one in ten women) are at increased risk for sleep apnea compared to only 1% among women who do not snore.
Prof. Eli explains that sleep-breathing disorders range from a broad spectrum to sleep apnea, which causes a decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the blood and can be life-threatening. In addition, if the phenomenon is not diagnosed and treated in time, it can lead to the development of a variety of systemic diseases, such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke.
Following the findings, the researchers turn to the doctors who focus on the facial and jaw area and to the dentists: “Ask the older patients relevant questions, such as ‘Are you snoring?’ And ‘Do you suffer from headaches or neck pain when you wake up?’ “.