Can Being Overweight
Cause Snoring?

Question: Can being overweight cause snoring? I am a 55 year old man, and am about 75 pounds overweight. I snore loudly and keep my wife awake every night. Answer: Yes!

As much as you probably don't want to hear this, being overweight can cause snoring.

Why? A main snoring cause is excessive bulk of tissues around your face and neck areas. This excessive tissue (or fat) puts pressure on your soft palate, airway, and surrounding muscles, causing your airway to become partially obstructed.When our airway is partially obstructed, it causes a vibration in our throat, which can be heard as a snoring sound.

Unfortunately, snoring is a very common occurence in middle aged men. In general, men outnumber women two to one when it comes to snorers. As a man ages, his muscles become less tone, and weight becomes harder to get and keep off.

If you want to notice a significant change in your snoring through weight loss, you'll need to adopt healthier eating habits, and an exercise plan that you enjoy and can stick to.

Experts recommend that our exercise should include both cardio and strength training. If you want to maintain a healthy weight, it is recommended that you do five 30 minute low intensity workouts a week, or three 20 minute mid to high level intenstiy workouts per week. In addition, you should be weight training your muscles at least two days a week, doing a series of 8-10 exercises with about 10 repetitions each. Remember that these guidelines are if you want to maintain a healthy order to lose weight, you'll need to increase the amount of times per week until you reach your goal weight.

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