Half of all women aged 20 to 70 years experience obstructive sleep apnea, with 20% having moderate and 6% severe symptomsEuropean Respiratory Journal

obstructive sleep apnea is largely undiagnosed

the sleep disorder is common in both sexes

  • 50% of the women had obstructive sleep apnea

  • There was a link between sleep apnea occurrence and the women’s blood pressure, body weight and age. The older, fatter and more hypertensive they were, the more likely they were to suffer from the sleep disorder.

  • There was no link between daytime sleepiness and sleep apnea risk

  • A apnea-hypopnea index of 30 or more (severe symptoms) affected 14% of the participants aged 55 or more

  • 31% of the women who were obese and at least 50 years of age had severe sleep apnea

high blood pressure

“Obstructive sleep apnea occurs in 50% of females aged 20-70 years. 20% of females have moderate, and 6% severe sleep apnea. Sleep apnoea in females is related to age, obesity and hypertension but not to daytime sleepiness. When searching for sleep apnea in females, females with hypertension or obesity should be investigated.”

Obstructive sleep apnea (UK: apnoea)OSA


obstructive sleep apnea

people with sleep apnea may have a higher risk of dying from cancer