You’ve probably cracked more than a few jokes about snoring or laughed about it with your friends, but the truth is snoring can cause health complications and affect your health in the long term. And while snoring can affect everyone, it’s more prevalent among those who are overweight. As will be shown here, losing weight will help.
The Link between Snoring and Weight
The snoring sound is the air turbulence in your throat, and it is caused by your airway narrowing. So when a person snores, it means he or she is having trouble breathing according to Dr. Carol Ash, formerly of the Sleep for Life Program at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey.
This fact alone shows that snoring is no laughing matter, as it is a potentially dangerous and even life threatening sleeping condition. If left untreated, snoring can lead to all sorts of health complications including high blood pressure, stroke and heart ailments, and these three ailments usually affect those who are overweight.
Snoring doesn’t just affect people who are overweight of course, but if you’re overweight, it’s going to worsen your condition. The reason is one of the culprits of snoring is the blockage of your airway brought about by excess neck fat. By losing weight, you’ll get rid of the extraneous fat on your neck and open up the airway.
Some people prefer to use anti-snoring devices, and there are a lot of mouthpieces being sold online. However, these are just temporary fixes and don’t provide the solution to the problem, which is being overweight. When you hear a person snore, it is literally the sound of the tissue being rattled and it’s not healthy. What’s more, snoring affects both men and women, and some of those that do snore are not even aware of it.
Because snoring is something people take for granted, it’s often not treated. However as pointed out earlier, it has the potential to cause a lot of problems. At the very least it’s going to disturb your partner’s sleep. If you don’t lose weight and pack on more pounds, your snoring will get worse and become louder.
You could end up gasping for breath and suffer from fatigue. Overweight people already tire more quickly than those who are physically fit, and not being able to sleep at night due to snoring worsens the situation. According to Joyce Walsleben, PhD, excessive snoring also leads to increased adrenaline levels that increase the likelihood you will suffer a heart attack or stroke.
A study published in the American Journal of Epimediology also shows that snoring has a detrimental effect on sleep patterns, reducing the numbers of hours you sleep as well as the quality of rest you get. The study also shows that these people are more likely to gain weight and all the health problems that come with it. This study, which consisted of over 68,000 participants and spanning 16 years, only goes to show how important it is to lose weight to stop snoring.
Tips for Losing Weight
If your snoring is due to your being overweight, it’s time to shed off those pounds. The most effective way of doing this is to exercise 4 to 5 times a week for 20 minutes a day. While you’re at it, keep a journal of your weight and once you’ve reached your ideal weight, stay there.
You should also lift weights so you gain mass and don’t just lose weight. Getting rid of those pounds is going to reduce snoring but it won’t happen overnight. In the meantime you can try the following:
- Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages before going to sleep
- If you snore when in a particular sleeping position, change it
- Make sure there are no allergen triggers in your bedroom that could be causing you to snore
The link between losing weight and snoring has been well established, so the only question now is what you will do about it. Even if you don’t have a stroke or heart condition, there’s no reason for you not to lose those pounds if you’re overweight. By getting rid of the unwanted pounds, you’ll be saving yourself trouble later on.