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Posted by Greg Wesson on October 03, 2015
Snoring and sleep apnea are conditions that have been thought to affect mainly men and fewer women. Men often report their snoring problem to their GP and get earlier diagnosis and referrals for sleep studies. Women are seemingly more embarrassed about their snoring problem and tend not to mention it or seek help, favoring online products for self diagnosis.
The typical symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea are the same in men and women - the noise of snoring with the gasping for breath, which leads to excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired concentration, depressed mood, weight gain and headaches.
Women are often misdiagnosed, as their age category tends to tie in with the years of menopause and hypothyroidism (which generally affects a higher percentage of women than men).
The leading cause of snoring in women and men is the soft tissue in the upper airway falling back and partially blocking the airway. The air moving past this soft tissue creates the snoring sound. If this soft tissue blocks the airway completely, then this becomes a more serious problem, known as Sleep Apnea.
There are very few snoring solutions that have been specifically designed for women and most anti-snoring devices although they say one size fits all, tend to be too large for most ladies who have a smaller mouth.
SnoreMeds anti-snoring solutions with a team of professionals came up with a smaller mouthpiece design, with a deeper bite.
Women are more conscious about their appearance than men. Most women we surveyed enjoyed the fact that the mouthpiece was made from a clear material, it was small and non intrusive to wear. They felt it was an easy solution to their annoying snoring problem - simple to pop it in their mouth, just before going to sleep. It is far more discreet than snoring the house down!
Following up on the survey, it took most of the ladies about a week or two to get used to wearing the mouthpiece. They described it like their first week of gym and I suppose it is! The mouthpiece holds the lower jaw a few increments forward, pulling the tongue and soft tissue forward, thereby opening the airway. 85% of the ladies surveyed said they were sleeping soundly after their first week and the discomfort had gone after the second week. They all said they would rather wear the snoring device than snore.
Several months after the survey, the ladies were asked if they had continued with the anti snoring mouthpiece. Majority of the ladies were thrilled with the outcome. Sleeping with the mouthpiece had become a natural bedtime habit and they were waking up with more energy and feeling refreshed. Some of the ladies who were grinding their teeth had found a dual purpose for the SnoreMeds mouthpiece. The lower percentage of the group came to the realisation that snoring is a warning sign of a longer term health problem and used the mouthpiece as a short term solution, whilst a few of them have gone on to drop off excess weight. SnoreMeds can be found globally online and in selected pharmacies.