This is something I don’t remember bringing up on my blog, but after losing over 100 lbs back in 2016, I no longer snore. This is a big deal, because I was a prolific noise machine in my sleep. I also had medically verified (via two horrible nights doing sleep studies) sleep apnea which was scary because I would stop breathing for long periods of time. It was bad enough that I was prescribed a CPAP which I used for a long time to help me get a full night’s sleep and rest.
When I began my health improvement journey, the last thing I expected to fix was my sleep apnea. I thought that once you got it, that’s just how it would stay: present and always needing a CPAP to sleep with. When my wife told me that I stopped snoring at night, it was amazing and coincided with my feeling better in the mornings. My mental clarity was likely due to more than the physical result of eating better, but also the result of getting more oxygen while I slept.
I no longer snore. This is a big deal for my health, and for my wife’s health. I no longer wake her up in the middle of the night with my snoring. I wear a Garmin 945, and it measures my O2 levels while I sleep, and I am consistently greater than 96% through the night, which is considered excellent/normal.
Then this morning, I see this story in CNN about how losing fat from your tongue is suspected as helping reduce the effects of and even eliminating sleep apnea. This is a case of science finally catching up to and verifying my own experience.
I mention sleep being important all the time, but quality sleep is super important. As you lose weight, and as your body sloughs off the fat, your sleep will improve, which in turn helps you sleep better, which in turn helps you lose weight easily, and the cycle continues.
If you snore and/or have sleep apnea and you’re overweight, there might be a cure. Just lose the weight.