Can 50% of All Women Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
August 21, 2012
The most commonly cited figure for obstructive sleep apnea in women is 9%, but a more recent study out of Sweden revealed that 50% of women had an AHI of 5 or more. Of note, sleep apnea in women was statistically related to age, obesity and hypertension, but not daytime sleepiness.
Rates of obstructive sleep apnea differ amongst different studies and different countries, but I’m willing that this is an accurate figure, especially with the obesity epidemic. The real question is, now that we know that this condition is epidemic, is the field of medicine going to do anything to tackle this condition head on, or just continue doing things the same way?