📚What causes snoring in females? How to prevent it?
Good sleep is essential for good health, and snoring indicates a level of sleep apnoea. This is caused by blocking of the airways while asleep and results in a momentary shortage of oxygen, and a poor quality of sleep. Poor sleep quality leads to day time tiredness.
Causes of snoring
Obesity is one of the most common causes of snoring in women and losing some weight may solve the problem. Other causes are nasal congestion and obstruction, enlarged tonsils, medications, and intake of alcohol.
Snoring what to do
If snoring continues it should not be left untreated. It is best to go along to the Doctor who will probably do a few simple tests.
Firstly you will be given the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to fill in, this will indicate the level of severity of the sleep problem.
Snoring remedies / Sleep Study
If the problem is moderate or high it will mean going to have a sleep study which will show where the problem lies and will suggest the best course of treatment. The sleep study requires you to stay the night in the Sleep Clinic and to be monitored scientifically by a team of sleep specialists.
There may be some simple recommendations, lose weight, reduce alcohol intake, or if the problem is more serious a Sleep Apnoea machine may be recommended. The machine works with Positive Airway Pressure and this helps to give you a good quality of undisturbed sleep. The Doctor will send you along to a sleep center shop where you will be able to hire a CPAP machine and have it explained to you.
Positive Airway Pressure
If the treatment is going to be the long term you may even consider buying a machine, and there is a wide range available. Whatever you decide it is best to make sure that you understand the machine properly before taking it home. Once you get the machine and start using it you should feel better within two weeks.
If snoring is not treated
Sleep apnoea is a serious condition suffered by about 10% of the adult population and if left untreated it can lead to other conditions, like high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. So purchasing a Positive Airway Machine is necessary for healthy outcomes in those with severe apnoea.
Prevention of snoring
There are also other treatments for snoring and sleep apnoea laser treatment is now recommended for some women. Three treatments are usually needed and it is a painless treatment that does not require time away from work. It takes about 15 minutes of laser around the tonsil area.
Sometimes sleeping positions can cause snoring, and the answer might be something as simple as not sleeping flat on your back. Sometimes a specialized pillow will be recommended and this helps to prevent snoring by helping to maintain the airways.
Young women snoring
In young women, the problem may be caused by allergies or smoking. Try giving up smoking and it may stop the problem. Sometimes pregnancy can temporarily lead to snoring. Sometimes a device like a mouth- guard is recommended. These are made of silicone and can be worn at night during sleep to keep the mouth in the correct position. Nasal strips can also be used to keep the nostrils open.
Snoring in girls
If your daughter is snoring make an appointment to take her to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist as she may have enlarged tonsils and adenoids or an allergy problem. It is not normal for children to snore.
Dentistry and snoring
Many dentists specialize in mouth-guards and fit them expertly, and because they understand the positioning of your teeth they are certainly more qualified to carry out the treatment. The device, when purchased from the dentist and properly fitted, will also be claimable on Health Insurance.
Snoring is not a very romantic problem to have so it is a good idea to get it fixed.
The national approach to sleep
Sleep and sleep problems are viewed very seriously, like driving when sleepy cause many traffic accidents and deaths on the roads. In Australia, there was a National inquiry into sleep in 2013 asking for sleep to be recognized as a National priority and stating that 4 out of 10 people did not get enough sleep. Addressing inadequate sleep, especially in a woman has to be worked on.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia
Snoring can cause very poor sleep patterns to emerge and sometimes CBT can help the sufferer to get back to normal, but the underlying problem must be treated first.
There is now an app available to record and monitor your snoring, it records and tracks your snoring and helps you to find effective ways to reduce snoring. It is also endorsed by Doctors and Dentists and other Health Professionals. There is also a snoring app that wakes you up when you snore.
Another device is the Sleep Connection that looks a bit like a watch and enables the wearer to move around more freely in bed. It is inaudible so that neither you or your partner are disturbed. When it detects snoring it sends impulses which remind the wearer to change position and hopefully break the habit. It does not cause the wearer any discomfort. Most women seem to recommend this device as it gave them an undisturbed sleep.
Exercise has been well documented in reducing weight and aiding better sleep for a woman who snores. With a small weight loss, snoring will be less likely to occur.