Three medical professionals from three different fields — sleep medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and gastroenterology — set Style Blueprint readers straight by debunking some of the most common health myths they hear regularly.
Myth: Sleep apnea only occurs in middle-aged, overweight men.
Truth: “Sleep apnea can occur in anyone — even children 1 or 2 years old. In most cases, the diagnosis is delayed for years because of the belief that it only occurs in middle-aged, overweight men. A classic example is a normal weight female in her 30s. She experiences tiredness during the day and waits until reaching the breaking point to get a diagnosis. Don’t let this be you!
“Symptoms of sleep apnea to look out for include: anytime sleepiness, fatigue, nonrestorative sleep, morning headaches, memory loss, trouble with concentration, mood disorders and snoring (gasping, choking during sleep).”