Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Size, Snoring, and Sleep

“Snoring Sid snored so loud he kept the town awake. Everyone would run and hide when the ground began to shake. He tried to make himself quit snoring but nothing helped to stop the loud roaring. 


~ Excerpt from; Snoring Sid; Funny Children's Short Story, by Kimberly Vargas

I got a kick out of reading this short story, mostly because my 4 year old daughter finds snoring to be quite funny. However, snoring can indicate the symptoms of something far more sinister.

If you’re overweight and you snore, your size may have something to do with it. And if you’re snoring, your sleep — and overall health — may be suffering.

Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea — a condition in which a person stops breathing for short periods during the night. A person with sleep apnea may suffer from:

Daytime sleepiness
Difficulty concentrating
Heart-related issues

The risk for sleep apnea is higher for people who are overweight. That’s because a person who is overweight may have more fat stored around his or her neck, making the airway smaller. A smaller airway can make breathing difficult, lead to snoring, or cause a person to stop breathing completely.

What’s more, fat stored in the neck and throughout the body may contribute to overall inflammation. However, fat storage & inflammation in the neck is a known risk factor for sleep apnea.

Weight loss often improves sleep apnea. Weight loss may help to decrease neck size and lessen inflammation. Many individuals also improve their breathing and rest by using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine while they sleep.

If you’re a snorer, consult your health-care provider. He or she may order a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea and have recommendations on a healthful weight-loss strategy.

As always – Enjoy Your Life!

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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