Lose Weight and Control Snoring

Lose Weight and Control Snoring
Are you gaining weight in body fat rather than in muscle, tipping the scale of your ideal body weight? Then you could have a problem with excessive snoring. Yet, most people do not realize that, although they are aware that their weight gain can lead to health problems such as elevated blood pressure, joint stress, or heart disease.

Putting Pressure To The Muscles Around the Neck And Chest
Snoring happens when excess body fat puts pressure on the muscles to the neck and chest, which affects normal breathing during sleep. Sometimes this can be a dangerous condition called sleep apnea, which is when the sleeper’s airways collapse and restrict air intake causing snoring and even a temporary cessation of breathing. Not only does this condition affect the quality of sleep, but if the cessation of breathing lasts for too long, the person can suffer some brain damage or even expire in their sleep.

The Connection between Weight and Snoring
Many overweight people tend to snore, causing them restless nights of sleep and grogginess in the daytime. Even if the overweight person is not diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), consistent snoring can affect their days as well as the days of the people they share the bedroom with. Perhaps the results of restless sleep for one person could negatively affect everyone living in the same household. A study done in 1995 did find a connection between weight and snoring, and that losing weight can prevent snoring in some cases. Whether you suffer from restless sleep due to snoring or are a victim of the noise, weight loss on the snorer’s part may reduce or eliminate the problem.

Step Up To Weight Loss and Stop Snoring
Although there never seems to be an easy solution to weight loss or to snoring, perseverance and some good advice can help the overweight person taking a step in the right direction. Setting small “stepping stones” along your weight loss journey helps, in the end, achieve long term goals, such as ideal body weight. Seeing a doctor for treatment of any current health issues assures the dieter of better success in losing weight as well as a method of monitoring the increase in overall health.

Exercise goes hand in hand with weight loss, allowing the muscles in your body to work properly as well as allowing a better quality of sleep due to the expenditure of energy during the day. Toning certain muscles in the neck and face can also curb the severity of snoring, or even cure the problem altogether.

To prevent or even cure the snoring problem, simple exercises, such as those building the muscles necessary to keep your airway open during sleep, can be done as you prepare your breakfast or even commute to work or school.

Change Your Habits
There are most likely some habits that contributed to a weight gain and thus the snoring problem, therefore it follows that reversing those habits will help you to lose weight. Changing your diet habits to include more vegetables, white meats, and fewer carbohydrates from starchy foods will help in weight loss. Eating a proper diet not only assists in weight loss but contributes to overall health and a feeling of well-being that continues to motivate the dieter in their efforts for weight loss and a snoring cure. One of the first things to remember in changing your diet habits is that it is not healthy to do eliminate entire food groups from your diet in order to obtain weight loss.

A change in physical activity is also in order. If you have gotten into the habit of sitting for long periods of time, you may have been adding pounds while snacking in front of the TV or tapping on computer keys while chatting with your online friends. Heavy meals and snacks before bedtime may also put on the pounds. Instead, try a brisk walk in the evening a couple of hours before bedtime to use up some of those calories taken in during the day and spend some of the energy that tends to keep people awake at night.

Changing both your diet habits and exercise routines at the same time may seem overwhelming to most dieters. The changes should be made gradually, adding healthier foods at first and then setting aside small increments of time for exercise and increasing the time to at least a half hour three times a week as the dieting efforts continue. Eventually, weight training or aerobics may be added to increase the weight loss to eliminate the sleepless nights spent snoring due to fatty tissues. Aside from losing the snoring problem, the weight loss will restore the self-confidence and positive outlook you had before a weight gain, or give you that new feeling of well-being that was lacking.