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My wife is about to kill me because of my snoring. She had a mental breakdown this morning because she couldn't sleep.
I feel so bad. Has anyone experienced a decrease in snoring because of weight loss? If so, I really, really need to do it for her sake. I feel awful.
She says she doesn't remember me snoring that much when we first got married, but isn't sure. I was definitely skinnier then.
Thanx in advance.
Tue. Jan 2, 4:42pm
Yes! Weight gain is a major cause of snoring!!!
Not only does extra weight constrain the positions you can sleep in, but the back of your tongue actually gets fat (did you think it was all in your spare tire?) and constricts the air passage when you are asleep and it relaxes.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007, 4:45 PM
My dad snores, and uses the Breath Right strips as well. My mom says they work on occasion. She also says that he snores way worse when he's fatter (he goes up and down in weight a lot!)
My husband snores occasionally. When he's keeping me up by snoring, I always wake him - poke him or whatever it takes. Usually, if I can get to sleep while he's awake, I can sleep through the snoring. It's when he's snoring and I'm awake that I cannot fall asleep! Maybe it's not nice to wake him, but I don't see why he should get to sleep while I can't! :-)
Tuesday, January 02, 2007, 5:24 PM
I don't know how much weight you have to lose or how bad your snoring is, but my husband is very overweight (75 lbs or so) and has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. His snoring was TERRIBLE (not so much just a few snores - he would fall asleep and it was constant noise - moaning on the exhale, sputtering and snorting on the inhale) before he got diagnosed and prescribed a CPAP machine to wear at night. The doc did say that the apnea could decrease in severity if he loses weight because he'd have less weight pressing down on his lungs.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007, 9:24 PM
Snoring is definately caused from being overweight and causes sleep apnea as the previous post stated. I am over 100 lbs overweight and I have real bad sleep apnea I actually desaturatate my oxygen from a safe range of 92% and up down to approximately 62% wehn I sleep therefore I must use not only a bipap machine, but oxygen also when I sleep. I am trying to lose all this weight now. I sure hope my medical conditions will all get better when I lose weight. Including the sleep apnea.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007, 9:44 PM
I am a snorer even though I only weigh 130 pounds so I think it's genetic too. I use wax earplugs so I don't hear my partner snore (I never hear my own) and he's not overweight either. I've tried lots of ear plugs and the wax (used by swimmers) work the best for me. Also a fan or water/noise machine helps to mask the snoring too. Good luck.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007, 10:29 PM
Well, my husband snores REALLY loud when hes been drinking!
(And of course the fact that I know he's had too many makes it all the more irritating!)
He says I snore, (more of little snorty noises) but I have a deviated septum and can only breathe through my nose if I lay on my left side... so if I turn over or onto my back I start to breathe through my mouth.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 1:23 PM
a friend had a snoring problem for years-terrible, painful sometimes- and last month he had his uvula removed (i called it a "removula"). he feels great and the snoring is gone, gone, gone!!!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 1:29 PM
My husband now weighs over 320 lbs. and his snoring may drive me insane. To prevent insanity I often sleep in our guest room. He has gained about 75 lbs. since we've been married and his snoring has definitely gotten worse over time.
We have friends where the wife told me that after her husband lost about 100 lbs. his snoring went from unbearable to practically nothing.
We both miss snuggling together on a regular basis, but I don't miss feeling incredibly exhausted because he kept me awake for hours because of his snoring.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 3:18 PM
here is a link to an informative article about snoring, its causes and how to find relief
Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 3:39 PM
From the OP
Thanks for the info and comments.
I agree that for some, it seems like genetics might play a role.
But from what I'm reading, it really does seem like a lot of it has to do with weight. I am at least 40 lbs. over a much healthier weight, and 80 lbs. from "excellent" according to my BMI for my height.
Knowing that losing weight could help in even the smallest amount is enough to make me want to change. Seeing my wife breakdown like that (she's suffering from some PPD as well, too) was awful.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 5:34 PM
I lived with the last boyfriend I had and for the last 6 months of our relationship, we spent about 80% of our nights sleeping separately because of my snoring. I was about 100 lbs overweight. It all started because one night he woke me up with a pillow in his hands shouting "there isn't a jury on earth that would put me in prison if they knew what a goddawful racket you make - get out before I smother you". Sounds like your wife was in the same boat.
In 2002, I went to a sleep clinic, where they determined that I did not have sleep apnea. This meant I would benefit from what I call the "snore stopping surgery", which had 3 components but I only remember two: un-deviating my septum and cauterizing my sinuses. Did it help? I haven't slept with anyone in the years since, but my mom visits and says it's significantly reduced (don't trust her though - she's used to my dad, who could structurally compromise any building he slept in). When I spoke to the doctor about eliminating my snoring completely, he said to lose weight or go through a very painful operation on my soft palate so that it wouldn't "collapse" so much and cause the nocturnal ruckus.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 6:05 PM
When I was 180 I snored so bad my husband would often sleep on the couch. Now at 145 even when I have a cold I don't snore.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 10:41 PM
Be careful with snoring-- my father found out he has sleep apnea-- I don't recall him ever not snoring (in fact, we used to joke that he could rattle the windows on the other end of the house.)
Funny thing though-- after 30+ years of hearing him snore, my mom started freaking out when he used the CPAP machine because she could no longer hear him any more! LOL. However, he is now much more mentally alert and awake--he found out that he stopped breathing something like 60 times a minute when he was snoring.
Thursday, January 04, 2007, 5:35 PM
Stop Snoring Remedies
Weight is probably one of the biggest causes of snoring as I understand. I have done quite a bit of searching and reading since my wife hates my snoring as well and wakes me up every time it starts. I am not overweight but I found that for me if I do whatever it takes to keep from sleeping on my back I don't snore. Anyways, here is a link to a site that talks about weight being a factor and a variety of remedies as well... I hope this helps. If not just search on phrases like "stop snoring" "stop snoring weight loss" etc.
Thursday, September 02, 2010, 12:32 PM
If there is any chance that sleep apnea is the cause of snoring, you NEED to get medical attention. Sleep apnea affects a huge number of people, and it is very detrimental to health. It can cause terrible cardiovascular damage, cause high blood pressure, cause weight gain, and lead to extreme daytime sleepiness. But, it's very easy to treat it with CPAP or BiPAP at night. Seriously, read up on it, get it checked out, don't just put it off until the damage is already done.
Thursday, September 02, 2010, 4:53 PM
My husband snores and has sleep apnea. He carries all of his weight around his belly. I feel like he is going to just stop breathing one night and it is so terrifying.
Friday, September 03, 2010, 7:40 PM
That man need a sleep study! CPAP or BiPAP can save his life. Convince him to get checked out.
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