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‘Is my weight causing my snoring?’

‘Is my weight causing my snoring?’

Jared, 25, has a bad snoring problem. His snoring was keeping his girlfriend up at night. Now, his girlfriend sleeps in another room. Jared wants to know, how can he stop snoring?

My advice:

First of all, do you wake yourself up? Do you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom? How tall are you and how much do you weigh? Are you overweight? At 5’8” and 260 pounds, you’re about 100 pounds overweight.

If you were here in this room, I would jump over and choke you. Having a big belly is like carrying a solid tumor around. Being overweight causes snoring. You know why? You’ve got too much fat around the nose, the sinuses, and the throat. That’s why you’re snoring.

What’s your neck-size? Do you have a thick neck? You’re a size 18 around your neck and you should be a 15. A person with a thick neck is going to snore loudly.

What’s going to happen if you don’t lose weight is the snoring is going to get worse. The snoring will get worse and you’ll develop sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is where you’re constantly waking up in your sleep. I bet you’ve got an 80 percent chance of sleep apnea. You probably have it now and don’t know it.

You need a sound sleep without sleep apnea and snoring. You know why? Testosterone is made at night. Without good testosterone, you’re going to be gaining weight, you’re going to have heart disease, you’re going to have erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone and you’re going to drop dead.

I want you to go in for a sleep study. If you have sleep apnea, they’ll give you a CPAP, a continuous positive airway pressure machine. You’re too young to have this sort of thing and be 100-pounds overweight. I care more about you not dying than about your relationship.

Your obesity is epigenetic. It means it’s your environment that’s causing your problems. You need to cut out bad food – like breads, pizza, pasta, cookies, and cake – and lose weight. Exercise. Walk about 10,000 steps a day. You’ll stop snoring.

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