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Sleep Apnea More Common Than Previously Thought Among Women

by Kathy Jones on September 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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 Sleep Apnea More Common Than Previously Thought Among Women

A new study conducted by a team of Swedish researchers reveals that sleep apnea may be more common than previously thought after they found that nearly half of the volunteers that they tested suffered from mild to severe form of the condition.

Researchers led by Dr Karl Franklin of Umea University in Sweden tested the sleeping patterns of over 400 women and found that nearly half of them experienced at least five episodes of sleep apnea in an hour where their breathing stopped for at least 10 seconds while the number was around 80 to 84 percent among women who were either obese or suffered from hypertension.

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The Daily Mail reported that many of the women in the study had mild apnea, "How important is the mild sleep apnea, we don't know," said Dr Karl Franklin told the newspaper.



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