Researchers theorize on men's sleep apnea rates

03/29/2004 | ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners

Middle-aged men develop sleep apnea at three times the rate of middle-aged women, and experts have various theories as to why. Some researchers believe anatomical distinctions, such as patterns of fat deposition in men, may play a role; others suggest women may have less collapsible airways, and another theory suggests testosterone may affect sleep patterns.

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