The causes of snoring in a dream in women are the same as in men, however, in most of the fairer sex, it either intensifies or appears at certain periods of life.
Snoring in menopause
Increased snoring often occurs after or during menopause. This is due to hormonal changes and decreased thyroid function, as well as being overweight in many women in this age group. The frequency of snoring increases with age, and by the age of 60 almost 40% of women suffer from snoring.
In addition, the cause of snoring in women of the older age group may be reduced patency of the upper respiratory tract. Most often, this is a consequence of chronic diseases of the upper respiratory tract (sinusitis, rhinitis, hypertrophy of the anatomical structures of the pharynx, allergies, deviated septum).
Snoring in expectant mothers
Sometimes young women note that they started snoring during pregnancy and wonder how to get rid of it. It should be noted that such situations may be different.
In most cases, in pregnant women, snoring was present before pregnancy, and only intensified during it. Sometimes a pregnant woman previously had some factors predisposing to snoring: increased weight, nasal obstruction or hypertrophy of the tonsils, and pregnancy only contributed to their exacerbation or intensification.
In other cases, before pregnancy, the woman did not snore, and then appeared and developed into sleep apnea syndrome – a dangerous condition in which snoring is accompanied by pauses in breathing during sleep. This condition is facilitated by some physiological processes, especially in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy:
- Weight gain. Fat deposits are formed not only under the skin, but also in the soft tissues of the neck, which contributes to squeezing the airways. The structures of the pharynx are also able to accumulate fat and narrow its lumen, which is one of the causes of snoring during pregnancy.
- “Rhinitis of pregnancy”. The presence of nasal obstruction due to hormonal changes leads to impaired breathing, and, accordingly, the severity of snoring increases.
- The appearance of edema during pregnancy, especially pathological, occurring in the presence of diseases of the cardiovascular system, kidneys, with gestosis, preeclampsia . These diseases cause severe swelling of the mucous membrane of the pharynx and narrowing of the lumen of the airways .
Sleep apnea syndrome during pregnancy is dangerous for the appearance of problems with the intrauterine development of the child!
Thus, severe snoring in women’s sleep, regardless of its cause, requires examination, and, if necessary, treatment in specialized institutions. The specialists of the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Rehabilitation Clinic in Khamovniki have been successfully treating snoring, including in women , for a long time . After the examination at the Center for Sleep Medicine, the diagnosis was confirmed, and with the start of treatment for the disease, her state of health changed significantly, as she talks about in her review.