Question to ask sleepy female patients

Snoring, nocturnal reflux tied to daytime sleepiness

Women with nocturnal gastro-oesophageal reflux are at increased risk of daytime sleepiness, and if they also snore their risk is even higher, according to new findings.

Lead author Dr Shadi Amid Haegg, of Uppsala University in Sweden, says doctors should ask their female patients about either snoring or nocturnal gastro-oesophageal reflux as the two conditions are linked.

Physicians should "actively ask patients with snoring and/or sleep apnoea about symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux and patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux about snoring and apnoeas since the two conditions have a tendency to occur in the same patients”, Dr Haegg said.

Both nocturnal reflux and snoring were associated with daytime sleepiness, but obesity alone could not explain the relationship, Dr Haegg and her colleagues noted in Sleep Medicine.

To better understand the interaction of nocturnal reflux and

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