Menopause & Snoring

During the period referred to as the Menopause a woman’s ovaries will become slowly inactive, and the production of estrogens and progesterone becomes irregular, signalling the end of fertility. In this period a woman’s body will respond to the altering levels of hormones and produce a number of effects, these include hot flushes, mood swings, depression, anxiety, formication and skin dryness, and muscle and bone pain. The likelihood of snoring in women before the menopause is far less than that of men at a similar age, but after the menopause, sleep-disordered breathing, like snoring and sleep apnoea become more common. Though this may not be directly linked to hormonal changes in the body it could be due to the sleep alterations and disturbances that many women encounter during and after the menopause as well as advancing age, weakening muscles around the neck, and weight gain.

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