A recent study on snoring is beginning to rebut the notion that it is a problem mainly geared towards men. The study reported that about 19 percent of the ladies surveyed admitted to being a snoring woman.
More studies on snoring are being conducted since snoring is a common indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. When a person air way becomes blocked during sleep, they struggle to breathe properly and wake up numerous times during the night. Left undetected, sleep apnea can be a cause of heart attack and stroke. Additionally, a snoring woman can be just as much a victim as men.
The study relied on questionnaires voluntarily filled out by nearly 7,000 women age 20 to 70 and concluded that while snoring is not limited to any one age group, a snoring woman was more prevalent of those in their 50s with a higher than normal body mass index. The study also noted they did not conduct any verification for the women’s claims that they did not snore.
Study Important for Women’s Health
Snoring typically occurs when the soft tissue in the upper palate is overly relaxed during sleep and breathing causes it to vibrate, making the noise bedmates often report to hear. When the tissue droops into the throat and blocks normal breathing the snoring woman will struggle for breath, often partially waking up to catch a breath, usually unaware they were awake. This causes daytime problems such as drowsiness and lack of concentration.
Whether a snoring man or snoring woman, a doctor or sleep center should be consulted to determine if the snoring is a sign of a sleep disorder or some other physical health issue before attempting any claimed natural treatments.
Snoring in itself is not a disease of medical problem; rather it is a symptom of other problems and needs to be treated as such. Making the symptom less prevalent does not make the underlying problem disappear it only succeeds in masking a potentially fatal problem. Body mass index did play a role in the snoring woman study and is has been revealed in other recent studies that snoring due to sleep apnea has been noticed in people with diabetes as well.
While snoring among men seems to be holding on to the title of being the most prevalent, that dubious honor seems to be under attack from the snoring woman.