Women Who Snore May Be in Danger of This

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Do you snore? Are you female? If so, a new study shows that your gender may increase your risk for cardiac problems, MedicalXpress reports. Researchers followed 500,000 participants and found that women who snore and/or have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) appear to be more easily affected by heart dysfunction. OSA is diagnosed when a snoring person stops breathing for a short while, then gasps as they return to normal breathing.

About half of us may snore at some point in our lives, and while snoring tends to be more common in men, women snore too. Sleep apnea is a dual-gender condition as well, and if you have it, as the featured article suggests, it’s not something to ignore.

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Sleep apnea, which was named after a Greek word meaning “want of breath,” occurs when an obstruction in the airway causes impaired breathing during sleep. There are four types of sleep apnea:

  • Central sleep apnea (CSA)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Upper airway respiratory syndrome (UARS)
  • Mixed sleep apnea

Interestingly, children can have sleep apnea too. But, no matter your age or gender, the causes of sleep apnea can vary, from poor nutrition to an improperly shaped mouth to an upper airway problem, and more. Medications like opioids can even trigger irregular breathing, increases and decreases of breathing in a regular pattern or complete stoppage of breathing, although temporary.

And here’s one more: Did you know that low vitamin D levels have been linked to sleep apnea? It’s true. A 2016 study published in the journal Sleep notes a significant relationship between D levels and OSA.

Some other risk factors that can contribute to snoring and OSA include excess weight or obesity — in fact, obese people have four times the risk for sleep apnea because fat deposits around the upper airway can obstruct breathing. Alcohol consumption can also cause breathing problems, as can smoking.

The importance of proper breathing is tantamount, and the Buteyko Breathing method, named after the Russian physician who developed this technique, is a powerful approach for reversing health problems linked to improper breathing such as sleep apnea.

The Buteyko Breathing method entails breathing through the nose rather than through the mouth, helping breathing volume to be brought back to normal levels and assisting with optimal oxygenation of tissues and organs, including the brain.

Mouth breathing, sighing, upper chest breathing, noticeable breathing during rest and taking large breaths before talking are indicators of over breathing. People showing these signs must consider trying the Buteyko breathing method. If you’re not breathing correctly while you’re awake, you have a higher risk for developing breathing problems while sleeping.

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