Women’s snoring is often ignored, because it tends to be softer and less noticeable than men’s. Men are also stereotypically known as snorers, which is not unfounded, but women should not be excluded, but rather included as also being snorers.
Ignored snoring can have devastating consequences for a life, resulting in daytime tiredness and a lack of vitality. This is because snoring interrupts your sleeping and oxygen flow, and of course disrupts the sleep of those around you. Snoring is almost as common in women as it is in men, and everyone should have proper snoring treatments – do not ignore snoring in anyone.
Snoring is bad news for everyone, because it can affect oxygen flow during the night, lead to light and disrupted sleep, and affect every part of your life in waking hours by robbing you of energy.
Relationships also suffer when one or both of you are tired all the time – if you don’t have the energy to engage in a meaningful way with your partner, irritability can easily be the unintended go-to result. Patience is something that people with energy tend to have much more of.
Snoring in women occurs for the same reasons as in men – as you breathe, air flows through your nose and past your uvula, tongue, and soft palate. Once you’re asleep, the throat can start to collapse due to the relaxed muscles in your throat and jaw, causing blockages of the air’s passageway through to your lungs. This blockage causes the tissue to vibrate, which makes the snoring noise. Worst case, snoring can lead to sleep apnoea, where you stop breathing while you’re asleep, causing an emergency reaction in your body that wakes you up to start breathing again.
Snoring can be made worse by some anatomy, having a cold or snotty nose, or drinking alcohol. Some medications make snoring worse, but the main cause of snoring in women and men is being overweight.
An overweight person has more neck fat, which once the muscles relax on top of the airways, contributes to the sheer weight, narrowing the airway. The reason men snore more is because they have thicker necks.
Elements that contribute to snoring in women
- Genes – snoring does run in families, with certain ways of breathing and anatomical structures putting you at risk if you are from a family of snorers.
- Nasal congestion – if you are prone to allergies, you are all too familiar with mouth breathing your way through the night. Treat your allergies as effectively as you can, so you can make it through the night without snoring.
- How you sleep – sleeping on your back is the worst position for snoring, so try sleeping on your side.
- Alcohol and sedative drugs – sedatives cause a loss of muscle tone of your airways, resulting in even more propensity to snore than ever.
- Smoking – the more congestion you have, the more inflamed your airways, the more likely you are to snore.
- Carrying excess weight – being overweight is one of the biggest risk factors for snoring.
- Not sleeping properly/being woken often – if you have interrupted sleep or are suffering sleep deprivation, you are more likely to snore. This can happen when you have babies and young children around, with shift work, or other causes of sleep deprivation.
Snoring treatments – Melbourne clinic
There are a few snoring treatments, ranging from mouth guards to new pillows, losing weight, stopping smoking, and drinking less. We also have a very effective laser snoring treatment that can tighten up the tissue in the back of your mouth and throat, providing a solid reduction in snoring.
With a few of these stop-snoring treatments used as a combined approach, you can seriously reduce your snoring.
We have the effective stop snoring laser. You do the rest.