Bedwetting has been found to be a helpful symptom when trying to diagnose post-menopausal women with obstructive sleep apnea, according to new findings. The lead author of the study suggests that nearly two percent of post-menopausal women suffer from sleep apnea – a condition where a person can stop breathing while they are asleep. Post-menopausal women are often misdiagnosed because women underestimate the symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
To reach their findings researchers analyzed data from over 161,000 post-menopausal women. Researchers noted prevalence of common obstructive sleep apnea risk factors along with the symptom of bedwetting.
Researchers uncovered a link; the more common obstructive sleep apnea risk factors a post-menopausal woman had, the more likely she was to experience bedwetting. For example, if a post-menopausal woman had two risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea she was twice as likely to have bedwetting. If she had four risk factors she was four times as likely to experience bedwetting.
Symptoms can become quite severe, so if you experience any of the following you should seek out medical attention:
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when a blockage occurs in the throat which blocks the airways. When we sleep the muscles in our throat normally relax, but when a person has a narrow throat this can become easily blocked. Another result of this narrowing is snoring, which is a key symptom of sleep apnea. Aside from a blockage other risk factors and causes of obstructive sleep apnea include:
If obstructive sleep apnea is severe a doctor may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine which provides continuous air to prevent blockages as well as prevent stoppage of breath. But before you require assistance from a machine to help you sleep, there are effective home remedies which can help obstructive sleep apnea. Home remedies include:
Obstructive sleep apnea, if untreated, can result in many unwanted health consequences; therefore, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent and even treat the condition. Women, especially, should pay close attention to symptoms, including bedwetting, for better insight into their risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
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