The relationship between being overweight and snoring is often an overlooked matter – however where fat is distributed on our bodies can dictate whether we snore and, in some cases, sleep apnea (when you stop breathing while you are asleep). 💤
When we are overweight, our neck fat can cause a direct compression of the upper airway, particularly when we are lying down and excess weight around our belly and chest area can put pressure on your diaphragm, pushing it up whilst also compressing your ribcage – all of this will lower your lung capacity and restrict airflow.
What can also occur is the start of a snoring-weight gain cycle, where-by the sleep deprivation caused by snoring or sleep apnea can lead to changes in our daily habits and appetite and thus facilitate more weight gain.
Poor sleep can lead to undesirable food choices, overeating and under-exercising due to fatigue and tiredness- creating a viscous cycle that can cause more health risks linked to obesity and being overweight further down the line.
Ideally to break this cycle you need to address 3 areas :
👉Maintaining a healthier weight through proper nutrition and exercise.
👉Improving sleep hygiene through having a proper sleep schedule and limiting exposure to noise, blue light devices and stimulants close to bedtime.
👉Implementing snoring remedies such as mouthpieces and positional therapies.
If you do have any concerns regarding your snoring, remember to consult a medical professional for advice on your next steps.
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