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Old 02-03-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Snoring

Most nights, my husband moves out to the sofa because of my snoring. He said it is really loud and the way he describes it...it sounds like I may have sleep apnea. I'm hoping by losing weight, this will improve. If it doesn't,I need to see a sleep specialist. Has anyone else noticed an improvement with this disorder after losing some weight?
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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I have sleep apnea and snore. The neurologist I saw who prescribed a sleep study (confirming my sleep apnea) told me to lose weight; that seems to be a commonly prescribed "treatment." I'm not sure if my snoring has improved, but I do wake up more refreshed and alert than I did a year ago.

Some posters on the JUDDD board have noted that their snoring has improved, but I'm not sure if that comes from JUDDD or weight loss or both.

At the very least, lowcarb and losing weight might help with snoring and sleep apnea--and they certainly won't make it worse. Hope it helps you.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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You really should go ahead and see the sleep specialist. Losing weight may or may not help. Treating your sleep disordered breathing may help with your weight loss.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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I understand your concern Liz and I appreciate what you said. I really want to start weight loss first and see if this helps. So, not only do I have a motive to lose weight to look and feel better but to get my DH back in his bed.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:37 PM   #5
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I had/have sleep apnea. When I had my sleep study done (at about 375 pounds) I was the worst case the technician had ever seen in 13 years of doing it. So bad that he halted the study and made me put on oxygen before we could proceed. I was so embarassed - and scared that things were that bad. He wondered aloud how I was able to function - I never had any restorative sleep, etc... Long story short, 206 pounds later I rarely, if ever snore (I was sick recently and did wake up with that tell-tale headache). My family is amazed I no longer shake the fountation of my house. Best of all, I can DREAM again and I wake up refreshed. It is an amazing change for me, and one of the many reasons I work hard at maintaining the loss. I would say losing weight should really help you, but I do think having the study done and getting a CPAP or some other kind of "sleep help" is important. Sleep apnea is serious and can be dangerous. I wish you the very best. Good luck!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Also if you suffer from allergies/sinus infections frequently you may be coughing/hacking alot as well, which will also clear up as you purge the carbage from your system. I found out in a funny way that im a mouthbreather, I woke up choking, when I opened my eyes my kitten Wentworth had his paw in my mouth! LOL
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:04 AM   #7
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Have you considered UP3 surgery? I had it done a few years ago and it changed my life. It removes your tonsils, adenoids, and uvula, tissues in your throat and it reshapes your soft palate.

It was a killer recovery and I did nothing but drink powerade zero and eat cold soup for about a month after.. Went from 125 to 103 in about 3 weeks.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:42 AM   #8
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You know Liz, I have been thinking of that. My tonsils and anoids were removed in childhood but the reconstruction of my soft palate has interested me. I don't know of anyone else that has had that surgery and I was wondering what the recovery period would be like. The thought of being hooked up to a C PAP machine for the rest of my life is depressing. I still want to try the weight loss first and go from there.
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I never had to use a CPAP.
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My husband has had the surgery and I couldn't/wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. The recovery is nightmarish and then the surgery caused other problems a lot worse than snoring. Because his uvula is gone and soft palate reduced he chokes VERY easily on anything including his own saliva. There isn't a barrier there anymore against anything sliding down the wrong way. The doctor who did his surgery has moved out of town now and the doc who replaced him says he never recommends this surgery. DH has even had to have a second surgery to correct some things...cartiledge removed from his ears to help build up the inside of his nose. He's been through a dozen sleep studies which all show sleep apnea and he's tried a CPap but just isn't comfortable wearing it. When the snoring gets really bad I just move to the guest room bed but try to deal with it when I can.

He is about 60-70 pounds overweight and has been told that it would help with the snoring and apnea if he would lose even half of that. He just doesn't have the desire to do it. I'm hoping one day....
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I truly believe that surgery is a last resort for anything.
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My husband has had the surgery and I couldn't/wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. The recovery is nightmarish and then the surgery caused other problems a lot worse than snoring. Because his uvula is gone and soft palate reduced he chokes VERY easily on anything including his own saliva. There isn't a barrier there anymore against anything sliding down the wrong way. The doctor who did his surgery has moved out of town now and the doc who replaced him says he never recommends this surgery. DH has even had to have a second surgery to correct some things...cartiledge removed from his ears to help build up the inside of his nose. He's been through a dozen sleep studies which all show sleep apnea and he's tried a CPap but just isn't comfortable wearing it. When the snoring gets really bad I just move to the guest room bed but try to deal with it when I can.

He is about 60-70 pounds overweight and has been told that it would help with the snoring and apnea if he would lose even half of that. He just doesn't have the desire to do it. I'm hoping one day....
I never had any of these problems, and the recovery wasn't that bad for me besides not being able to eat many foods while the surgery site was healing. I also got cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time, so recovering from that was laid on top of just recovering from the UP3 surgery.

I guess I just had a really competent doctor? I never choke on anything and have had no problems with my ears.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #13
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Before losing weight, by BF would say I sounded like darth vader when I slept! Since losing 50 pounds, he hasn't complained about my snoring and I've definitely gotten a better nights sleep. I definitely think losing weight will help! Always get your drs opinion, but losing weight is a great start
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:51 AM   #14
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I know losing weight helped my Dad's snoring and sleep apnea. KUTGW, you can do it.
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I had a very bad snoring problem.
It got to a point where I could hardly sleep longer than 15 or 20 minutes at a time.
I would wake up gasping for air.
After about 3 months on a very Low carb diet my snoring stopped completely.
At first my husband was so alarmed that he had to check to see if I was still breathing!
My husband who has always been skinny and a very loud snorer as well went on a low crab diet to support me.
He also stopped snoring!
I have to say I do believe that it is not just weight loss that caused me to stop snoring but the actual avoidance of sugar and grains.
This is just one of the heathy side effects of a low carb way of eating!!
Hope you are able to work out your snoring problem!
A good night sleep is so wonderful and really helps with weight loss!

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:33 PM   #16
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Annabel, I think you have a good point about avoiding sugar and grains. I know that when I do eat them, I feel more congested, even when I'm awake. Must have something to do with the inflammatory properties?
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:57 PM   #17
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Thank you for your valuable information. I'm hoping to have these good results after losing some weight. It is very encouraging to see so many people with the same issue recover from this problem. I will see a sleep specialist if weight loss doesn't do the trick. Thanks again
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #18
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I could have written your post a few weeks ago. I was convinced that my sleep issues would get better with diet/exercise and weight loss.

I've been back on low carb for 2.5 weeks and I feel like I DO sleep better, but I'm still exhausted. One day, I fell asleep at the wheel for a split second. That was enough to get me to a sleep study. I made the appointment for 2 weeks out (still convinced that my issue would resolve itself).

I also happened to buy a FitBit One at the same time. I was shocked when it said I woke up 82 times my first night! It can't be accurate, I thought. My friend has the same model and hers says 4 times per night waking.

I had my sleep study this past Saturday...turns out I have severe sleep apnea. The technician had to put me on oxygen 1.5 hours into the night! I got the best sleep of my life after that (even hooked up to all those wires). They let me wear the FitBit too....it said I woke up 16 times, but that was before I got the oxygen. I had stopped breathing so long, my oxygen levels weren't coming back.

The moral of my post is, better safe than sorry. If you have money in your budget, go out and get a FitBit One. It's around $100. Best money I've spent! It opened my eyes.

Good luck to you!
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:21 PM   #19
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I have never heard of a Fitbit. I will look into this and it sounds very interesting.Thank you so much.
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My snoring was bad enough that my husband and I had separate bedrooms. When I got my weight down under 200, the snoring stopped. I don't snore at all now.
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My snoring is all but gone away as well. Hope it happens for you.
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My husband had a sleep study and got an oral appliance from a specialist dentist that holds his bottom jaw slightly out. He doesn't snore anymore and his sleep is worlds better with no CPAP.

The dentist he saw said weight contributes about 10-15% to snoring in most people. He said doctors like to blame fat for snoring just like they like to blame fat for just about everything you complain about (he was not a thin fellow himself). He said most snoring comes from changes to our head's anatomy that allowed humans increased speech ability.
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my cousin stated i stopped snoring after i lost weight! hopefully it does the same for you.
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I often snored but at my doctor's suggestion started taking a regular Claritin before bed. She said that one of the most common causes of snoring is post-nasal drip/plegm. I tried it and my snoring went away completely. After a couple of months I stopped the Claritin and the snoring is still gone.

My step-sister had that surgery where they remove the soft tissue and it was pretty major and didn't work at all, unfortunately.
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My DH used to snore terribly and had sleep apnea so bad, I was afraid he wouldn't wake up one morning. After the first 25 pounds of loss on Atkins, he stopped snoring almost completely and now, 100 pounds down, he rarely snores or has apnea episodes.
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