Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep Apnea

The world and life of a sleep tech

PCOS is linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted by amykr on February 20, 2009

PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovary Disease is an problem where small cysts develop on the overaies and uterus.  It has become a bigger issue in recent years.  The condition is associated with two of the biggest problems in womens health today, insulin resistance and sleep apnea.  Woman are becoming more knowledgeable about their health and how best to treat it.  With this knowledge they are going to their doctors prepared for getting the help they need.

With this you should know that you are 30% more likely to have a sleep disorder.  So if you snore ask your doctor if you can have a sleep study.  The stress on your body from having sleep apnea and not being able to have a good night’s sleep will make your other symptoms worse. 

Consider this if you have sleep apnea.  as you fall asleep or as you reach a deeper sleep your airway closes and your body struggles to get oxygen.  Eventually you arouse or awaken so you can take a deep breathe.  If you have sleep apnea you do this over and over again all night.  While this is happening the oxygen levels in your blood goes up and down.  This can happen many times an hour.  You end up having an exhausting night without getting sufficient rest.  Usually your family notices this because of the snoring and silence over and over again all night. 

The treatment of sleep apnea depends on the results of your study.  It can be as simple as positional therapy so you sleep in a certain position, an oral appliance to keep your jaw and tongue aligned, a CPAP or BiPAP machine, or surgery.  All these are based on your discussion with your physician, or the sleep specialist. 

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to share.  You can email me at or share here on the site.


One Response to “PCOS is linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea”

  1. Tony Ingria said

    I never would have thought of this situation. Nice work.

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