How Losing Weight Can Help You To Stop Snoring

The human body is an incredibly complex organism, and not two parts of the body are mutually exclusive. Obesity is known to cause a wide array of health problems that can have a negative impact on almost every organ in your body. If you have a problem with snoring and you are overweight than your weight problem can in fact be making the problem even worse. To clarify the relation between snoring and obesity it’s important to understand why snoring occurs.

What Makes a Person Snore?

The reason people snore isn’t always obvious. Often a seasonal influenza infection can cause snoring due to a stuffy nose. There isn’t any reason to be alarmed if this is sort of infection is causing you to snore. The situation will usually remedy itself once you recover from the illness.

An obstruction in the airway is one of the most common culprits behind snoring. Typically when your muscular tissues relax throughout the night the muscles in the respiratory tract keep some degree of stiffness. This rigidity prevents these muscles from collapsing allowing the free passages of air. In some instances, these muscles lose their rigidity and the space in your airway narrows significantly.

When the air moves between the tiny caved in area inside your airway the natural result is a loud vibration known as snoring.

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The Impact of Excess Weight on Snoring

Snoring can very often be made substantially much worse when you are at an unhealthy weight. Additional fat around the neck area puts pressure on the airway worsening the problem. A good way to visualize this is if you think of your airway as an inner tube turned on its side, the added weight is like a person sitting on top of that inner tube.

It’s easier said than done, but if you are overweight, shedding those extra pounds is actually one of the best ways to reduce or even eliminate your snoring problem. Some people look to options such as surgery to cure their snoring problem, not realizing their weight has any connection to the problem whatsoever. It is very important realize that snoring is the most common symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea which increases in both men and women chance of stroke, and heart disease. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can further exacerbate the snoring issue already made worse by obesity.

Solutions Available

There are temporary solutions to snoring that you can take advantage of while you are in the process of losing weight. These include the stop snoring mouthpiece, chin straps, as well as CPAP and BiPAP machines. Many of these products are available over the counter, however a CPAP and BiPAP usually requires the approval of a doctor and are only used in certain circumstances.

The best course of action is a combination of proper diet and exercise to both lose weight and stop snoring. Focus on workout routines that will strengthen the muscles about the neck region. Fortunately, all exercise and diet routines that help you lose weight will also help you to eliminate your snoring.

Surprisingly, there are even “exercises” you can do that require little more than learning how to play a musical instrument. An instrument known the didgeridoo exercises the precise muscle tissue that lose their rigidity and cause you to snore, and can be a significant help with persistence and patience. Alternatively, certain vocal exercises and warm ups often used by vocalists before a performance also exercises these exact muscles as well.

There are many resources available online, and through your physician to give you the guidance and tools you need to lose weight, feel better, and stop snoring once and for all.

About the Author: Jeff writes for How To Stop Snoring Consumer Reports where you will find many articles related to snoring, sleep apnea, as well as product reviews.

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