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’s not so common for women to snore. 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, a weight problem, or even a jaw joint disorder. Also, when a person is sleeping, the muscles in the mouth, tongue, and throat relax, and this can exacerbate the aforementioned issues to cause 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 – After experiencing PMS, a woman can be more likely to start snoring
- Age – As women age beyond 30, snoring problems become more common
- Weight – Excessive weight adds excess fat around the neck, which can narrow or partially block the air passage
- Pregnancy – Weight gain during pregnancy can result in expanding blood vessels in the nasal cavity, and this can become a factor
- OSA – Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t so common in women but can still occur and cause snoring
Is snoring a bad sign?
Occasional snoring usually isn’t an issue, but snoring often can be a sign of a problem, yes. 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 may be caused by sleep apnea, as 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 may help too. However, such changes alone may not be enough if the snoring is a symptom of a problem like sleep apnea or a jaw joint disorder.
In a case of snoring caused by sleep apnea, CPAP therapy can help, but oral appliance therapy may be better and actually address the conditions that cause sleep apnea in the first place. Oral appliance therapy is also especially effective at treating snoring caused by jaw joint (TMJ) disorder.
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% after three months.
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 throughout Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin, so we ask that you see our Locations page for the location nearest you, and then connect with us at that location or call our head office at (855) 977-0400.
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!