Over 50s 'should be wary of sleep apnoea symptoms'

People over the age of 50 are being advised to look out for symptoms of sleep apnoea as older people are more at risk of the condition.

Marianne J Davey, director of the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association, said men are also more susceptible to it than women.

Sufferers of the disorder often experience breathing difficulties during sleep which cause them to wake up suddenly, leading to tiredness and fatigue during the day.

Ms Davey explained that sleep apnoea can also exacerbate conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol and type two diabetes, which are more common among older people.

And she said that heavy snoring can put strain on the heart and lungs, which over time can have other over 50s health implications.

However, she pointed out that there are a number of treatments available for sleep apnoea and similar disorders, including continuous positive airway pressure and mandibular advancement devices that push the jaw forward.

Meanwhile, research carried out by the University of Warwick shows that women who get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep per night are more at risk of heart-related problems than men who share these sleeping patterns.

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