10/11/2011 04:02 pm ET Updated Dec 11, 2011

Women Over 50: Snoring & Sleep

Men snore—not women! Admit it: when you think of a snorer, you picture a large man with a beer belly and an irate wife.

That is the image that causes many women to feel insulted when their spouses tell them—gently—that they snore. The truth is, studies show that 30% of all women snore on a regular basis. Snoring results when air flow through breathing passages is hampered. It can be caused by obesity, the use of alcohol and sedatives before bed, and women’s life cycles.

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