As we age, snoring becomes worse– and for women reaching menopause, snoring on its own has now turned into a midlife crisis. As outlined by the American National Sleep Foundation, snoring has an effect on 90 million adults, while 37 million of them are affected on a regular basis.
Normally it is reported that men (usually middle aged and elderly men) are more affected by snoring compared to women. However, once women reach menopause (usually at the age of 50), the same percentage of men and women snore.
As outlined by the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association, the male / female difference in snoring is caused by natural differences in the size of their lungs and respiratory function. Women have a larger upper airway and the airway walls are less flexible and thus less at risk of delivering pressure and fail when muscle tone falls while sleeping.
Snoring Increases as We Grow Older
As we grow older, the palate and muscle tone becomes more flabby and at risk of vibration. The majority of people that make use of Snoremeds to help treat excessive snoring are females who are suffering from the changes in hormone levels related to menopause – and coping with the stigma associated with women snoring.
Snoring and Menopause
Throughout menopause, the output of oestrogen reduces. As a result, it regulates the menstrual cycle, and also helps to keep muscles and soft tissues around the windpipe strong. It has been reported by several women that they have started to experience sleeping problems around the time of menopause. Around 61% of women have reported suffering from insomnia as well as sleep-disordered breathing.
Snoring can affect the quality of sleep, not just in those who snore, but also their bed partners and others in their households. For this reason, women that are affected by snoring are sleep-deprived, which causes them to be irritable, depressed and more at risk of illness. Women who are sleep-deprived also tend to age more quickly and are at higher risk of heart disease, daytime fatigue, anxiety, diabetes, or depression, and certain cancers.
During menopause, women battle against both physical and psychological problems and tend to be more insecure, which is why they need the support of a loving partner. However, snoring can have a negative effect on any relationship, simply becomes the snorer or partner is exhausted due to lack of sleep.
Thanks to Snoremeds, it is now possible to successfully treat snoring problems. The Snoremeds mouthpiece works by delicately moving the lower jaw forward, opening the throat to allow the airway from being blocked. The device is manufactured from hyper allergenic plastic.
Snoremeds oral device, mold to the mouth, making it possible for the user to swallow and breathe normally while experiencing a good night’s sleep. They are available in two sizes – with a smaller variation that is more suitable for women.