The study notes that sleep apnea deprives the body of oxygen, weakens bones, and raises the risk of osteoporosis. It also cites that women and older individuals with sleep apnea are most likely to experience weakening of bones.
Sleep Apnea is a sleep related chronic condition where a person suffers shallow, obstructed or paused breathing during sleep. The duration of these pauses last from a few seconds to a few minutes, occurring five to more than thirty times in an hour.
Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease with one out of five American women over the age of 50, suffering from it. It is a disease of the bones where the body's bone density is low which leads to an increased risk of bone fracture. It occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both.