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Snoring and Menopause – There's a Connection?

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Woman snoring during menopauseIs there a connection between snoring and menopause?

You’ve entered menopause and started snoring. How did that happen? And what does snoring have to do with menopause?

You knew decreasing hormones would bring on hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia, but snoring? No one ever told you that snoring would be a side effect of menopause!

And now that you've started snoring, do you have options? Will it go on forever?

So what's the connection? How does menopause cause night time noise and disturbances?

For one, estrogen plays a role in almost every tissue in your body, including those in your neck and throat. As your estrogen levels decrease, your next muscles can begin to relax. Coincidentally, you can also lose muscle tone due to aging. When those relaxed tissues block your airways during sleep, you end up snoring.

Menopause can also bring with it symptoms of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It can even affect your allergies. If you've turned to medications to treat those symptoms, you may end up snoring. And not only can your allergy medicines cause snoring, not treating your allergies can leave you stuffy and snoring.

Another aggravating side effect of menopause and growing older is some weight gain. Being overweight can then lead to snoring. Even if you are not overweight, if you have some extra weight and lax muscles around the throat, you can still end up snoring.

So what can you do?

First, talk to your doctor. It’s a good idea to find out the specific cause of your snoring and make sure you don't have sleep apnea.

You many need to adjust some medications, consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT), make some lifestyle changes, or lose some weight. Smoking any time of the day can make matters worse, as can alcohol, heavy meals, or spices before bed, so it's a good idea to avoid all of them. Switching from sleeping on your back to your side or raising the head of your bed by 4-6 inches can also help.

Because snoring can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, the sooner you talk to your doctor the better. You’ll be healthier, more productive, and less irritable if you can put an end to noisy nights!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

02-20-2016 - 02:25 PM


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