Snoring and sleep apnea are conditions that have traditionally been thought to affect mainly men, fewer women. Men often report their snoring problem to their GP and get earlier diagnosis, resulting in referrals for sleep studies. Women, on the other hand, are seemingly more embarrassed about their snoring problem and tend not to mention it or seek professional help, favouring online products for self diagnosis instead.
Women are often misdiagnosed, as their age category tends to tie in with the years of menopause and hypothyroidism (which generally affects a higher percentage of women than men).
Menopause can reduce muscle tone in the throat, causing female snoring. During the perimenopause, a woman's ovaries gradually reduce production of estrogen and progesterone. As a result, women report issues like hot flashes, insomnia, mood disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing, often associated with snoring. Snoring, accompanied by pauses in breathing or gasps for air, are symptoms of a more serious sleep disorder, known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Snoring or Sleep Apnea
The typical symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea are much the same in men and women - the noise of snoring, with the gasping for breath, leads to excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired concentration, depressed mood, weight gain and headaches. Sleep apnea can cause a different kind of snoring, when a person momentarily stops breathing for short time intervals between snores, which produces choking or gasping sounds.
Whilst not designed as a solution for those who suffer from severe sleep apnea, an anti-snoring splint will provide relief to those who suffer more mild symptoms of sleep apnea. We always recommend talking to your General Practitioner, or a Sleep Clinic Specialist, before using an anti-snoring splint of any kind, to aide with sleep apnea. A CPAP machine may be more of a solution than an anti-snoring splint for severe OSA.
SnoreMeds Small Fit for Women
With the help of dentists and sleep professionals, SnoreMeds developed an anti-snoring mouthpiece, specifically designed for women. Offering a smaller, narrower fit, with a deeper bite, SnoreMeds Small Fit for Women is aimed at providing women with a more comfortable splint.
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