A new study published in the journal Pulse reveals the single biggest cause of snoring and sleep apnea.
Not only does this factor press on your throat and strangle you while you sleep, it also changes the shape of your breathing passages, causing those dreaded night terrors.
According to this review study, approximately 80% of people with sleep apnea were found to be overweight or obese.
This is no big surprise but how it causes it was shocking.
Tomographic scans revealed that obesity causes an increased in the amount of fat stored in your pharyngeal area – this is the part of your throat that is behind your mouth and above your esophagus. Your nasal passages also generally open here to facilitate smooth breathing.
If you are obese, then the fat deposits in this area block your airway and thereby narrow it.
This does not mean that you cannot breathe, but it means that breathing would be more labored and shallow.
But here is the shocking part…
When your body deposits fat in or around your airway, it actually changes the shape of your airway without necessarily narrowing it.
Millions of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans have revealed that obese people who snore or suffer sleep apnea have airways that are oval, with long axes that stretch from the back to the front of their bodies.
If you’re overweight or obese and suffer from sleep apnea (or snore loudly), then it’s very important to lose weight to regain the natural shape of your breathing passages.
But there is another thing that’s even more important.
You need to strengthen the muscles around your breathing passages to support them, in order to keep them in healthy shape in both the day and night.