Menopause And Snoring
Menopause and snoring are clearly linked.
Menopause and snoring are clearly linked as a result of various physiological changes which occur at that time in a woman's life.
At younger ages, the ratio of male to female snorers is roughly 2:1, however, from mid-life on, the gap between the ratio changes dramatically.
Menopausal often find they suddenly start snoring. Numerous theories have been offered as explanations for this, ranging from weight gain, hormone fluctuations (which change the locations of fat some fat deposits, leading to bulked up soft tissue in the airway) and simple loss of muscle tone. Our throat muscles are like any other muscle and as we grow older, they will tend to become a little slacker. This allows the soft tissue of the airway (namely the tongue, soft palate, uvula and pharyngeal walls) to droop into the airway and vibrate, thus producing the sound we know as snoring.
Unfortunately this menopausal snoring often kick starts a vicious cycle.
People suffering from sleep disordered breathing (which includes snoring as well as more severe conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea) often experience cravings for carbohydrates. These cravings lead to weight gain and reduced exercise due to the tiredness experienced as a consequence of the poor quality sleep.
This in turn leads to a worsened sleep disorder, an increasingly retarded metabolism, increased tiredness, increased cravings for carbohydrates and ‘quick fix’ energy boosters ... and so forth. A negative spiral quickly develops and can be difficult to reverse.
Getting your snoring treated ensures you enjoy proper quality sleep. This alone will improve your energy levels while awake, and the cravings for carbohydrates will be reduced or disappear, especially as you start to exercise.
If you are menopausal and begin snoring, the sooner you get treated for your snoring, the easier it will be to reverse the negative spiral mentioned above.
Remember, snoring is common in menopausal women. While it might be embarassing, it can easily be treated.
If you would like to discuss your snoring and menopause with a caring (female) nurse who can advise you on the options, call 1300 246 637 today, or complete the contact form below and we'll happily get back to you for a no-cost, no-obligation chat.