One of the most significant reasons that a person snores as they age is because they gain weight. Weight gain around the neck means that a person’s throat becomes narrower which can lead to snoring.
It is much easier for a caregiver to tell if a male client is gaining weight – especially if they are old-fashioned and wear a collared shirt – because they will not be able to button the top button. When this happens, these men may be at risk for sleep disorders and even chronic diseases.
Muscles become less toned as we age. Again, considering the throat, means that if the muscles around the throat become flabby, the individual may snore even more.
For women that have gone through menopause, hormonal changes such as the decrease of estrogen, means that some women develop the habit of snoring. This is because estrogen is in a woman’s body to help preserve muscle tone – even in the upper airway.
I mentioned sleep disorders earlier. One such issue is sleep apnea – which can really be a significant issue!
Sleep apnea warrants a caregiver to help their client get checked out by their medical professional. It is always better to be safer than sorry. This again shows a client that With Age Comes Respect.