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Myths and facts about snoring

Whether you’re on the receiving end of it or the one responsible, snoring is the cause of bad sleep, exhaustion the next day and arguments with your partner who is also feeling irritable and bleary-eyed after a disturbed night.

Snoring such an inconvenient ailment that a deep dive on the internet will reveal countless weird and wonderful cures, but there’s so much misinformation about what can either alleviate or make your snoring worse.

In fact, some of the science-approved solutions are not what you’d expect.

 

A new study has found that sleep apnoea, of which snoring is a symptom, is more common in post-menopausal women because they have lower levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

The same study raised hope that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) could reduce snoring.

Here, FEMAIL reveals five surprising true facts about snoring cures, and debunks four myths.

Snoring affects women just as it does men, and the issue might get worse after women hit the menopause.

Around one in 20 post-menopausal women suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition causing the airway to collapse which can cause loud snoring and wake someone up to 40 times a night.

Now scientists at the University of Bergen, in Norway, have found that sleep apnoea is more common in post-menopausal women because they have lower levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

These are the hormone which are replaced when women have HRT, raising hopes it could help with snoring and sleep apnoea.

The study found that the snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnoea diminished when the hormones were replenished to a pre-menopausal levels.

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