How to Avoid Becoming a Snorer

How to Avoid Becoming a Snorer

Putting on weight can lead to an individual all of a sudden snoring and may even lead to a related and much more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnoea. If you snore already and then put on weight, this additional weight can move the snoring up the spectrum to become obstructive sleep apnoea.

If you are overweight and snore loudly you are significantly more at risk of having obstructive sleep apnoea. The chances are you wouldn't even know you had sleep apnoea. Sufferers become accustomed to the effects of daytime sleepiness and morning headaches. It has been estimated that on average it takes 18 years before sufferers get themselves treated.

So how can age and weight suddenly cause someone to start snoring and to suddenly have obstructive sleep apnoea? As we age our muscle tone decreases. This reduced muscle tone may cause the airway to narrow and even collapse when we sleep. It is for this reason it is thought playing the didgeridoo can help treat snoring by strengthening the muscles in the throat. If you put on some weight the fatty tissues round the throat can also cause it to narrow and even collapse while sleeping. This can simply be due to the extra tissue weight and the effects of gravity. Unfortunately many people experience both a reduction in muscle tone and an increase in weight as they grow older. This is why over the age of 60 twice as many women and men snore.