Wondering Why?

Why Do Overweight People Snore?

Snoring is a very serious condition that should be treated with caution. Snoring is the emission of sound when a sleeping person’s body struggles to take in oxygen This causes the tonsils to vibrate and hit each other. This vibration is caused by blockage of the airway at the back of the throat. Vibration can also occur at the uvula or at the palate, and in some cases, the jaw can also cause snoring.

The reason why overweight people snore is because of too much fat in the body. Fat gets concentrated in areas like toes, belly, neck and throat. It is the fat in the neck area that narrows the air passage. Depending on how you sleep, the passage may be narrower, especially if the head is not tilted upwards. High body fat also depletes good muscle tissue; the tissues in the throat become saggy thus increasing snoring.

Snoring is therefore an indication of being overweight and its inherent risk is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea leads to fatigue, headache, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive, increased blood pressure etc. It is also interesting to note that obstructive sleep apnea also causes weight gain! What this means is that when you are overweight you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which again increases your weight.

Snoring caused by overweight can only be treated by losing weight, but if it is caused by the jaw, then it can be corrected by surgical operation. If you are snoring, you may also consider a little exercise and healthy eating. Some people have also developed what they call SnoreLess pillow to help eliminate snoring. This pillow is placed on top of the normal pillow and helps to raise, align and open the airway for easier breathing.

All in all, anything that reduces excess fat in the body or opens up the airway will definitely reduce snoring.

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