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  • Writer's pictureAlexandra Barr, DO

Do you Snore?

Which of the following is true when it comes to Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

A. OSA is more common in women than in men

B. Cognitive impairment and insomnia are often associated with OSA

C. Younger, thin adults are more likely to get OSA than older, overweight adults

D. Studies show that oxygen alone is a good alternative to CPAP therapy

B is the correct answer. Do you snore? Do you often feel tired or fatigued when you wake up in the mornings? You may need a sleep study to determine if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). About 35-50% of men have OSA and 20% of women. OSA is associated with older age, obesity, male sex and menopause. Insomnia and OSA often go hand in hand. If you have OSA, oxygen alone is not recommended. Alcohol and sedative medications should be minimized or discontinued. CPAP machines can improve daytime sleepiness and often people’s quality of life. Improving OSA can also improve cognition as more oxygen is delivered to the brain.

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