Sleep Apnea and Men: What You Should Know 

What is Sleep Apnea and Men?

Blog Introduction: Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Despite this, many people don’t know very much about it, especially men. Though women are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than men, men are still at risk for the condition and should be aware of the symptoms and treatments available.

What is Sleep Apnea? 

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. It can occur several times an hour and can last from a few seconds to minutes at a time. People affected with sleep apnea may also experience snoring, gasping for air during sleep, feeling tired during the day due to poor quality sleep, or morning headaches.

Risks Factors for Men 

Men over 40 have an increased risk of developing sleep apnea due to their age-related hormonal changes. Additionally, being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of developing the condition as well as having large tonsils or a deviated septum. Men who drink alcohol before bedtime or take sedatives may also be at an increased risk for sleep apnea because these substances can relax the throat muscles and cause them to collapse while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Options:

The most common treatment option for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This treatment involves using a device that delivers pressurized air through a mask while you’re sleeping in order to keep your airways open. Other treatment options include lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, losing weight if necessary, avoiding alcohol before bedtime, quitting smoking if applicable, and changing your sleeping position so that your head is elevated above your chest. In severe cases where other treatments do not work, surgery may be recommended by your doctor to reduce obstructions in your airway caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids or even reconstruct parts of your nose or jawbone structure.


Though women are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than men, men over 40 need to be aware of the risk factors associated with this serious medical condition as well as potential treatments available should they develop it. If you think you might have symptoms associated with sleep apnea talk with your doctor about testing and treatment options so that you can get back on track with quality restful nights of undisturbed slumber!
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