Women snore too. Is this you?

It may be a social stigma, but it’s also a fact.  Men aren’t the only ones who snore.

Men aren’t the only ones who snore; women snore too.
Husband covering his ears with a pillow due to wife snoring

Let’s face it, there are some things women are just not supposed to do. Society has conditioned us that women don’t sweat, they glow; women aren’t meant to burp loudly, fart, or snore (even though they are natural bodily functions – just don’t). It’s considered unladylike and terribly embarrassing. But for men, these things are acceptable, laughable, and even expected.

Embarrassment aside, women do snore, too, and it can seriously impact your energy levels. Let’s face it, women, on the whole, are busy-between work, family, and, hopefully, a social life; we’re tired enough without having poor sleep quality (which often goes hand-in-hand with snoring).

Research shows that women are more inclined to start snoring if they’re obese, pregnant, or going through menopause[1], but that doesn’t mean you won’t snore if none of these relates to you.

Women snore just as loud as men

It’s hard to believe, but women can snore just as loud as men; we just don’t admit it. Yup, it’s true. Let’s look at the stats.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine noted that, compared to men, women reported snoring less often and described it as milder.[2] The study was completed at a university hospital over 18 months and reported that at least 36.5% of the women in the study who declared themselves as non-snorers were found to have severe or very severe snoring. 

Should you be concerned about snoring? While snoring in itself is often harmless, the reason you snore may indicate a serious issue (and the people you keep awake could be seriously suffering too).

Is there a cause for concern?

The link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring

For some people, severe snoring could indicate you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It’s important to note that not everyone who snores has OSA, but that snoring is a distinctive symptom of OSA. It’s therefore important you investigate why you snore. You never know; it may be life-saving in the long run.

OSA is a condition in which your breathing briefly stops involuntarily (called ‘apneas’) while you’re sleeping, usually because the airway at the back of your throat narrows or blocks when you relax in your sleep.

Traditionally OSA and snoring have been delegated to the realm of men.

These days though, it is being increasingly recognised that women suffer from OSA too. Sadly, OSA in women is often missed, partly because we underrate and underreport typical symptoms like snoring, and because of the significant gender-related differences in the symptoms, diagnosis, and consequences of OSA[3], it is often misdiagnosed.

If left untreated, OSA in women can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), diabetes, asthma, arthropathy (a joint disease), and reflux/gastritis.[4]

Should you be diagnosed with moderate to severe OSA, you will most likely be recommended to use a CPAP machine.
Should you be diagnosed with moderate to severe OSA, you will most likely be recommended to use a CPAP machine.
SomnoMed oral devices are an effective alternative to CPAP for mild to moderate OSA.
SomnoMed oral devices, like the SomnoDent Avant, are an effective alternative to CPAP for mild to moderate OSA.

Drop the stereotypes and ask for help

It’s a fact. Women snore too. It’s time to drop the stereotypes. Loud snoring is not normal for men or women, and there may be reasons you do that could be detrimental to your health (and possibly your relationships). You can start by checking in with your partner to see whether your snoring is an issue and take it from there. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep. Even you.

Over to you

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