Women and Sleep Disorders

  • Why Women with Sleep Apnea are Overlooked

    This is the first post in a two-part series about women and sleep apnea. The second post, The Health Hazards of Sleep Apnea in Women, looks at the causes and effects of sleep apnea in women. In this post, we investigate the differences in how women experience and report sleep issues and directly addresses the stereotype that sleep apnea … Read More »

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    Infertility and Sleep Disorders: A Proven Link

    If you’ve been trying to conceive a child without success, no doubt you’ve heard much advice regarding how to increase your chances: weight control, cutting down on alcohol and caffeine, or using an ovulation calendar, to name a few. But there’s another, frequently overlooked barrier to conception: sleep deprivation or a sleep disorder in either … Read More »

  • Amy Poehler and Sleep Apnea Image

    Amy Poehler writes: “Sleep helps you win at life.”

    “I slept wherever I could. Twenty minutes at lunch. During production meetings. In my car. I remember being filled with rage when childless people would talk about brunch.” Sound like you after a horrible night’s sleep? That’s the sardonic account of Amy Poehler, actress, comedian, writer, producer, and renaissance-woman-with-kids-and-sleep-apnea. You’d think celebrities could hire someone to … Read More »

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    Pregnant Women with Gestational Diabetes 7x More Likely to Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    A 2013 study of pregnant women showed that those with gestational diabetes were 7 times more likely to also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. In August 2013, researchers conducted overnight polysomnography (a sleep study) on 45 women. 15 of the women were pregnant AND had gestational diabetes, 15 women were pregnant and did NOT have diabetes … Read More »