An old English nursery rhyme includes the line, "it's raining, it's pouring, and the old man is snoring!" This typifies the common attitude to this condition. Relatively few consider it a medical issue that needs treating but rather as a source of amusement and material for jokes. It indeed differs from most other health issues since it affects other people rather than the person with the problem. It also definitely does not indicate any sickness, but there is still a very good reason to pay it serious attention – the real disturbance it causes to whoever needs to share a room with the snorer.
There is an indisputable link between weight and snoring since overweight individuals are one of the groups most likely to snore. Admittedly, snoring is low on the list of the dangers excess weight poses, but the distress it causes to a spouse or roommate makes it into an issue. Some light sleepers find it very difficult to share a room with someone who snores. When you take into account the significant benefits to cardiovascular health and the many other gains from losing weight, ending the annoyance storing causes should add to the motivation to start that diet or join the exercise class.
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