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Sleep Disorders in Women (cont.)


Persistent insomnia may cause daytime fatigue, decreased daytime function, memory and concentration problems, depression, and injuries and accidents. Women with persistent insomnia tend to have more psychological and medical problems. The outlook for persistent insomnia is good if the underlying problem is treated. 
Untreated or undertreated sleep apnea may cause heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure. Daytime fatigue from sleep apnea increases the risk of accidents and injuries. Effectively treated sleep apnea has an excellent prognosis. CPAP treatment improves alertness, nocturnal awakenings, and sense of well-being.

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