Loud snoring punctuated by multiple, nightly brief episodes of breathing cessation suggest the presence of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, like snoring, is more common among the obese. However, in elderly people, the obesity-sleep apnea connection is far less pronounced. Sleep apnea occurs in four percent of middle-aged men and two percent of middle-aged women. In males over 65, the figure rises to 28 percent; for women, the number climbs to 24 percent.
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