Eighty percent of sleep apnea patients are men. However, women after menopause and men have equal rates of sleep apnea. Women often snore less than men, but weight gain, heart failure, hypertension and not feeling rested during the day are symptoms of sleep apnea.
Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea reduces the risk of dementia as people age. Evaluation with a home sleep study should be done. Other risk factors include snoring, high blood pressure, large neck and nocturnal choking.