Previously, it was believed that snoring is the prerogative of men, but in the last 50 years, in percentage terms, positions are gradually leveling off, although it is still far from “equality”. Studies have shown that women, although less often, can still snore.
Is snoring dangerous for women?
Men are more likely to experience this condition, and it is caused by a number of factors. More frequent drinking and overeating before bed affect its occurrence. But women also have their own reasons for snoring. The main problem is considered to be inaccurate and incomplete diagnosis of this symptom, although it cannot be called a disease, the presence of systematic snoring indicates serious disorders in the body. By ignoring these symptoms, women just “bury their heads in the sand” without doing any research, let alone treatment.
This condition affects health, as it may cause:
- low libido;
- decrease in performance.
In women, snoring is much quieter than in men and occurs more often during menopause or after. The causes of snoring in women who have not suffered from it before are similar to those that occur in the strong half of humanity, but there are some nuances.
The ill-fated kilograms and here have their effect on the body. During menopause, a woman gains weight, however, fat is distributed differently than in men. From obesity, the lower part of the respiratory tract narrows, breathing is disturbed. It is worth noting that excessive obesity can provoke sleep apnea, breathing becomes heavy, sleep is restless.
Hormones affect the respiratory system by protecting the muscles that keep the upper airways in good condition. With hormone replacement therapy, side effects are possible, and they try not to use them to eliminate snoring during menopause.
Thyroid disorders and snoring often complement each other, causing weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, and headaches.
Diabetes causes this disorder, regardless of age and how much a woman weighs. Interrupted breathing leads to a lack of oxygen during sleep, insulin levels rise.
Causes of snoring in men
About half of men suffer from snoring. This is due to the fact that fat is deposited in the neck, and this leads to a narrowing of the airways. Even a few extra pounds can affect the respiratory process, and in the supine position, the risk of hearing night trills increases.
In men, the length of the vocal cords and the pharynx are large, and this leads to the fact that the incorrect position of the tongue causes snoring. If the lower jaw is more protruding, then this can also affect the fact that a person will snore.
The lifestyle of the stronger sex is more often than that of women associated with alcohol, smoking, injuries — all these factors provoke and cause snoring. Smoking causes swelling of the nasal mucosa, alcohol leads to muscle relaxation, which eventually leads to snoring. Nose injuries received in a fight, a deviated septum, are snoring provoking factors, as these are additional barriers to the outflow of air.
There is a small percentage of men whose causes of snoring are associated with anatomical features, as well as the presence of polyps, adenoids. But mostly patients with snoring are middle-aged people with excess weight. It is extra pounds that are considered a dangerous factor, since intermittent breathing disrupts sleep, a person does not get enough sleep. Often such a symptom as snoring occurs in people with disorders in the work of the heart; according to statistics, it is they who die more often from a heart attack and stroke. That’s why it’s so important to let your doctor know if you’re snoring regularly.
By determining whether snoring is within the normal range or not, the doctor will be able to start treatment at an early stage.
Sleep apnea: symptoms
If a person regularly develops lethargy and drowsiness during the day, then this is one of the signs that complicated snoring bothers him. Sleep becomes intermittent, oxygen starvation occurs, the night rest regimen is disturbed, which affects the general condition of the body. There may also be unreasonable weight gain, increased sweating at night, high blood pressure in the morning, and a persistent feeling of fatigue.
As a rule, people begin to snore in adulthood, but in principle they can suffer from this unpleasant symptom at any age. Children can also snore, and this is due to disorders in the respiratory system. This situation is observed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, therefore, in the presence of this symptom, it is better to undergo an examination. The reason may be defects in the structure of the skull, or rather, its front part. With regular snoring, the child develops chronic fatigue, academic performance drops, and nocturnal enuresis may occur.
Since it is at night that the hormone responsible for growth is produced, when sleep is interrupted, if breathing periodically stops, the level of this hormone decreases. If these symptoms are ignored, snoring can become chronic, and this is likely to be harmful to health and in some cases can even be life-threatening.
If he does not bother constantly, but is observed only periodically, then a number of recommendations can be followed. Limit the use of alcohol and sleeping pills, tranquilizers. In a dream, prefer a position on your side, and the head of the bed can be raised by 8–10 centimeters. If you are overweight, then you need to lose weight.
If the efforts made are in vain, then you need to contact a specialist to exclude diseases of the nasopharynx. In the presence of a disease, effective treatment is prescribed.
There are many devices available to help prevent snoring. In some cases, surgery may be performed. Today there are many possibilities: laser palatoplasty, somnoplasty, septoplasty, tonsillectomy. Only a qualified doctor can decide what is necessary to solve the problem. Only after an accurate diagnosis, taking into account the patient’s complaints, can we talk about how effective the manipulations will be.