Snoring, a Widespread Problem
Snoring sounds are produced when air, brought through the mouth, passes by relaxed pharyngeal musculature. Snoring is considered an annoying habit and is often joked about, at the expense of the sufferer. It is now, however, well recognized that snoring is not just a bad habit, but often a sleep apnea syndrome
causing the snorer to suffer a less restful sleep.
Being overweight is one of the main risk factors for the development of sleep apnea syndrome. More than three quarters of all sleep apnea patients are overweight.
Overweight means that the body has too much fat tissue. The fat tissue is created when the amount of energy absorbed from the food (fat and carbon hydrates) is higher than the energy needed for body activities.
Reducing weight will often reduce snoring as well. But losing weight is difficult, often 20, 30 or even 40 kilograms must be reduced. But losing weight might cure patients suffering from sleep apnea. Success is not guaranteed, but the typical symptoms of a sleep apnea syndrome will be reduced - it's worth a try!
You can get an estimation of your own weight using the body-mass-index (BMI). It is the ratio of body weight and body size.
Snoring correlates with the body weight: about 16% of all normal-weight people (BMI between 18 and 30) between 30 and 60 years, but more than 50% of overweight people in the same age ranges suffer from snoring.
Check your own index by using our body-mass-index calculator