How Excess Weight Increases Snoring
You may not be aware of it but, if you are a person who carries excess weight, then you are more likely to have a snoring problem than a person who doesn’t have an excess weight issue.
The reason is quite simple if you understand what causes snoring in the majority of cases.
The Main Cause Of Snoring
The main cause of snoring is a partial blockage of the air passage at the back of the throat.This blockage is generally caused by the collapse of relaxed soft tissue and muscles in the throat when asleep. In addition, the tongue can collapse back into the throat when we are asleep and contribute significantly to the partial blockage.
Our tongues are attached to our bottom jaw also known as the mandibular. When we sleep and our bodies fall into their deepest state of relaxation and so active muscles that hold things in place will automatically release their holding positions and collapse.
This diagram shows the air passage restrictions
Other Causes Of Snoring
If you have enlarged tonsils or tissues in the back of your throat (adenoids) or a low, thick soft palate it can certainly narrow your airway. In addition, if the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (your uvula) is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and cause increased vibration.
Obstructed Nasal Airways
There are a portion of people who only snore during allergy seasons or when they have a sinus infection. In some instances chronic nasal congestion and deformities of the nose such as a deviated septum (a structural change in the wall that separates one nostril from the other) or nasal polyps can also cause obstruction.
Consumption of large portions of alcohol prior to sleeping induces heavier than normal relaxation and can inhibit the bodies natural defenses against air passage obstruction.
Smoking is known to cause blockage in some of the small vessels within the lungs and swelling of the tissue in mucus membrane in the nose plus soft tissue in the throat. Smoking is known to cause sleep apnea.
Excess weight particularly around the throat adds to the weight pressing down on the throat when we sleep. The normal relaxed muscles in the throat find it a challenge to hold up the normal distribution of weight around our necks. If excess weight is present then it is an almost impossible task. This is the very simple reason why people who carry extra weight find they can be more susceptible to snoring.
Snoring at its worst can be diagnosed as obstructive sleep apnea. This is a very serious condition and is caused when your throat tissues obstruct your airway so badly that it prevents the sufferer from actually breathing for periods of time. Sleep apnea is very often characterized by loud snoring followed by periods of silence when breathing stops or nearly stops.
The results of a 22 year long study of 1522 people in the USA was released in May 2012 linking people with Sleep Apnea To Cancer. Make sure you read the article Sleep Apnea Is Linked To Cancer which I have written about and is on this website.
Dr.F.Javier Nieto conducted the study
You might like to watch this video as well. It talks about the findings of the study
Do You Want Something To Stop Your Snoring Now?
If you are currently struggling with your weight but want to control your snoring now while you work on a long term snoring cure, then I would strongly suggest you read my reviews on two of my favorite stop snoring mouthpieces. In my opinion they are the two best ones on the market and I have used both with success.
This website is an ongoing project and I intend to provide researched information for those people who may looking to do something about their weight to ensure a long term snoring cure.
Whilst I am not a qualified dietitian or personal trainer I will provide readers with an arsenal of information on how they may address their weight issue by eating the right food and by taking on some exercise programs.
I am going to start with some low fat recipes for food that are just too good to refuse. Check back later while I get to work.