Before the menopause, maybe you did not suffer from sleep apnoea. Or maybe you had the symptoms of sleep apnoea but since the menopause they seem to have gotten worse.
Many more men than pre-menopausal women suffer symptoms of sleep apnoea. After the menopause, that proportion gets nearer to 50-50.
What is Obstruction Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a sleep related breathing disorder. It is caused when the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxes during sleep narrowing your airways and blocking the flow of air in and out of your lungs.
The interrupted airflow starves your brain of oxygen rousing it from sleep. Struggling to restore your vital airflow, your snore suddenly and often very loudly repeating the cycle many times in any one night.
The link between your sleep apnoea and the menopause
The hormones that maintain the menstrual cycle also strengthen the muscle tone, which keep your airways open. The level of these hormones reduces greatly after the menopause.
Combined with weight increase and other metabolic changes that can also come natural with age, keeping your airways open whilst your sleep becomes more of a challenge. All this makes symptoms of OSA more likely.
Why is OSA disrupted sleep bad for your health?
Disrupted sleep robs your brain of the downtime it needs to cleanse itself of toxins that build up whilst it is awake and active. This build of toxins is increasingly linked to degenerative nervous disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Disrupted breathing drives your heart to suddenly work much harder. Frequent, sudden changes in heart rate, blood pressure and energy demand increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Does the menopause mean I am stuck with OSA and heavy snoring?
Heavy snoring is a sign of sleep disordered breathing. It is likely you are not getting enough oxygen whilst your sleep and might be suffering from sleep apnoea.
Snoreeze believe that the menopause need not make your OSA symptoms worse. The Snoreeze Oral Device is quickly and simply moulded to fit your teeth. The fully adjustable mouthpiece gently holds your jaw forward as your sleep. This keeps your airways open and avoids sleep related oxygen starvations, lowering your risk of serious diseases and helping to reduce your heavy snoring.
*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.