Snoring in Females Questions and Answers
Are you a woman who’s concerned about her snoring? There may be reasons to seek care. We’re sure you’ve got some questions about snoring in females, so here is Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders’ Q&A on the subject! Please call us for more information or book an appointment online. We have 10 clinic locations. We Serve Patients From All Over the USA. Locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Lafayette IN, Mishawaka IN, Columbia MO, Kansas City MO, Albuquerque NM, Brewster NY, El Paso TX, Wausau WI
What causes a woman to start snoring?
It may seem less common for women to snore. True. It’s more common in men, but it’s still just as significant a concern for women. Snoring in general can be caused by oral anatomy, sinus anatomy, allergies, a cold, weight gain due to pregnancy or other reasons, or simply the inherited anatomical positioning of your jaw. There is a generally accepted saying that goes like this, “If both parents snore, then 100% of the offspring will snore too!”
When a person is sleeping, the body relaxes. This is the difference in a muscle that is flexed, and one that is relaxed. The tissue is infirm and moveable in the relaxed muscle. Now imagine how this affects the muscles in the mouth, tongue, and throat. When these tissues relax and become infirm, they are more moveable and tend to fall together at the narrow opening of the throat. When air tries to pass by these tissues, it causes a vibration. This vibration makes a sound we know as snoring. More generally, the basic problem that causes snoring is a narrowed or partially blocked airway.
One of the complications with men is that they tend to have a narrower air passage than women. If a woman has a narrower air passage than usual, this can cause or contribute to snoring, but there may be other factors involved like:
- Menopause – Snoring can be found to be more common and more severe in post-menopausal women.
- Age – As women age beyond 30, snoring problems become more common due to a change in hormone levels
- Weight – Excessive weight also adds excess tissue around the neck, which can narrow or partially block the air passage
- Pregnancy – Weight gain during pregnancy as well as surging hormones can result in expanding blood vessels in the nasal cavity leading to nasal congestion which minimizes air passage.
- OSA – Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t as common in women as it is in men, but can still occur with snoring as a result
Is snoring a bad sign?
Occasional, light snoring usually isn’t an issue, but snoring loudly and often can be a sign of a problem. When a person snores, they are not able to fully exchange a complete breath of oxygen for carbon dioxide. Their breathing may be shallow and they may not be getting as much oxygen as they should. If you snore at all, you should see a professional about it, especially if you suspect any of the above factors may be applicable to you. You absolutely should seek professional care if you believe your snoring is accompanied by complete air blockage. If a person stops breathing during sleep it may be an indication of a more serious condition known as sleep apnea. If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can lead to chronic or even fatal health conditions like heart disease.
Not only does snoring disturb a partner during sleep, it can also be a sign of sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, or another issue requiring professional treatment.
How can a woman stop snoring?
Making lifestyle changes like losing weight, if applicable, can help with snoring and may be necessary. Sleeping in a different position such as avoiding sleeping on your back may help too. However, such changes alone may not be enough if the snoring is a symptom of a problem like sleep apnea.
In a case of snoring accompanied by sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is an effective treatment method, but oral appliance therapy may be better tolerated by the sleeper. With a diagnosis of sleep apnea confirmed by a sleep study, both CPAP and oral appliance therapy are covered by most medical insurance carriers.
Oral appliance therapy is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and provided here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. The therapy has been shown to, in many cases, relieve symptoms by up to 90% within three months or less.
Does your clinic treat snoring in females?
Yes, we do! Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders treats snoring in females and males, including children, and may have a location near you. We have locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, so we ask that you see our Locations page for the location nearest you.
If you’d like further information or a consultation with us at our clinic, connect with us today. During your consultation, we’ll answer any other questions you have about snoring and how we can help you here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders.
We hope you found this Q&A helpful and we look forward to speaking with you soon!