Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Menopause

  • Grace Pien
  • Sigrid Veasey
Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU)


A growing body of work supports the concept that menopause is a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These observations come from clinical and population data examining the relationship between menopausal status and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), studies examining the clinical characteristics of disease in preand postmenopausal women, and laboratory studies of the factors that might place postmenopausal women at increased risk for OSA. This chapter reviews what is known about the increased prevalence of OSA among postmenopausal women, how menopausal status affects the presentation of SDB, and the mechanisms that may underlie the development of sleep apnea among postmenopausal women.


Postmenopausal Woman Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Premenopausal Woman Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grace Pien
    • 1
  • Sigrid Veasey
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Center for Sleep and Respiratory NeurobiologyUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphia

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