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How losing weight can stop your snoring

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Do you or your partner snore like a vacuum cleaner? Here, Dr Michael Mosley explains the problem could be down to carrying some extra pounds. 

The doctor, creator of the 5:2 diet, explained unhealthy lifestyle factors like being overweight are behind snoring for many people. 

While the truth might be hard to accept, the good news is that there are steps you can take to fix the problem and get a good night’s sleep. 

Here, Dr Mosley explains how to lose weight healthily to improve your shut eye – and why the size of your neck can help reveal if you’re at risk… 

Is YOUR weight to blame for your snoring? 

Do you or your partner snore like a vacuum cleaner? Here Dr Michael Mosley explains what the triggers could be and how you can avoid them

Do you or your partner snore like a vacuum cleaner? Here Dr Michael Mosley explains what the triggers could be and how you can avoid them

Do you or your partner snore like a vacuum cleaner? Here Dr Michael Mosley explains what the triggers could be and how you can avoid them

There are a number of causes for snoring including our sleep position and the shape of our mouths, but weight and alcohol consumption play a significant role. 

Dr Michael Mosley explains: ‘It might sound harsh, but the main reason most people snore is that they are overweight.

‘If you are a woman with a neck size over 16 inches, or a man with a neck size over 17 inches, you are almost certainly a snorer.’ 

Why snoring gets worse as you get older 

Dr Michael Mosley explains: ‘The uncomfortable truth is, as we get older and fatter, we snore more.

‘That’s because our throat gets narrower, our throat muscles get weaker and our uvula, which is that finger-like bit of tissue that hangs down at the back of our throat, gets floppier.

Dr Michael Mosley explains: 'It might sound harsh, but the main reason most people snore is that they are overweight'

Dr Michael Mosley explains: 'It might sound harsh, but the main reason most people snore is that they are overweight'

Dr Michael Mosley explains: ‘It might sound harsh, but the main reason most people snore is that they are overweight’

‘All these changes mean that when we breathe in, the air can’t move freely through our nose and throat and into our lungs.’  

Why it’s MORE difficult to lose weight if you’re a snorer…

Weight gain increases the risk and intensity of snoring. 

Dr Mosely suggests: ‘The best solution is often to lose weight. Men tend to store fat around the neck, compressing the airways. If you have a larger neck and can lose a few kilos, you (and your partner) should notice a big improvement.’

He explained that while this seems simple it is often made more difficult for people who snore to lose weight as broken sleep can lead to altered appetite hormones and a craving for sweet food, which can lead to weight gain.

The doctor said: ‘Most people who snore find themselves in a Catch-22 situation where snoring causes fragmented sleep, which then disrupts appetite hormones and blood sugar levels.

‘This will disrupt your sleep and your partner’s sleep as well. There is now a lot of evidence that people who sleep less than seven hours a night are more likely to become overweight or obese and develop type 2 diabetes than those who sleep well.

‘One reason is that sleep deprivation alters your appetite hormones, making you more likely to feel hungry and less likely to feel full. It certainly makes you more likely to crave sweet foods.’

Not only do your blood sugar levels soar and your hunger hormones send your cravings haywire, tiredness can also send you on a frantic hunt to the fridge. 

He added: ‘When you’re tired the areas of your brain associated with reward also become more active.

‘In other words, you become much more motivated than normal to seek out unhealthy foods such as crisps and chocolate.

‘In fact, a study at King’s College London found that sleep deprived people consume, on average, an extra 385 calories per day, which is equivalent to a large slice of cake.’

Dr Mosley's diets encourage its followers to embrace the Mediterranean principles of consuming a diet rich in healthy proteins and vegetables and lower in carbs

Dr Mosley's diets encourage its followers to embrace the Mediterranean principles of consuming a diet rich in healthy proteins and vegetables and lower in carbs

Dr Mosley’s diets encourage its followers to embrace the Mediterranean principles of consuming a diet rich in healthy proteins and vegetables and lower in carbs

How to lose those extra pounds 

Dr Mosley, a world renowned nutrition expert, suggests the solution is a lifestyle change, which he said personally worked for him when he lost 20lb in 2012 and totally stopped snoring. 

He recommends following The Fast 800 plan, which combines intermittent fasting, the 5:2 diet and eating Mediterranean food.

Dr Mosley says: ‘When I put myself on the 5:2 diet, back in 2012, and lost 20lb (9kg), I also lost an inch of fat around my neck, and the snoring stopped. Completely.’

One user of the Fast 800 reports reversing his snoring on the plan: ‘I’ve never followed a diet before and the only reason I did this was it promised significant results in only 2-3 weeks, plus the recipes looked (and are) very tasty.

‘It was worth a shot. I lost a stone in 4 weeks and now have quality sleep, having had borderline sleep apnoea for many years.’ 

Dr Mosley recommends a combination of intermittent fasting and the Mediterranean diet for anyone looking to lose weight to reduce their snoring.

A snoring monitoring app shows how losing weight and eating healthily has reduced snoring dramatically for one dieter

A snoring monitoring app shows how losing weight and eating healthily has reduced snoring dramatically for one dieter

The amazing results were observed after less than a month of dieting

The amazing results were observed after less than a month of dieting

A snoring monitoring app shows how losing weight and eating healthily has reduced snoring dramatically for one dieter in less than a month

His Fast 800 plan outlines the approach: For those needing to lose a lot of weight rapidly, there is the ‘super-fast plan’ based on 800 calories per day for 12 weeks.

If you have less weight to lose and want to focus on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle, there is a 5:2 plan which is based on 5 days of healthy eating and two fasting days.

Or, if you are already at a healthy weight but would like to super-charge your health, the Mediterranean-style plan a third option.

This science based approach which not only reversed Dr Mosley’s type 2 diabetes, sparked his drive to help create a sustainable, flexible programme, with healthy eating at its core. 

Dr Mosley’s diets encourage its followers to  embrace the Mediterranean principles of consuming a diet rich in healthy proteins and vegetables and lower in carbs. 

Healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts are encouraged and the occasional glass of wine or bite of dark chocolate is allowed, so that people eat well, remain sated and don’t feel deprived.   

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Croydon tram crash: families of dead demand apology from driver

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The families of seven people who died in a tram crash in Croydon, south east London, have demanded to meet with the driver to receive an apology.

Seven people were killed and a further 51 were injured in the incident which occurred on November 9 2016.

The tram came off the tracks at almost four times the speed limit in darkness and heavy rain and it was alleged that the driver, Alfred Dorris, had drifted into a ‘microsleep’.

Mr Dorris was arrested at the scene but charges of gross negligence and manslaughter were later dropped by the British Transport Police (BTP).

No charges of corporate manslaughter were brought against Transport for London (TfL) or operator Tram Operations Ltd (TOL), a subsidiary of FirstGroup.

Seven people were killed and a further 51 were injured in the incident which occurred on November 9 2016

Seven people were killed and a further 51 were injured in the incident which occurred on November 9 2016

The tram crash was one of the worst public transport tragedies for a generation

The tram crash was one of the worst public transport tragedies for a generation

A pre-inquest review at Croydon Town Hall heard on Friday that Mr Dorris would be unable to attend the inquest as he was ‘unwell’.

But Andrew Ritchie QC, representing five of the seven victims’ families, said they did ‘not feel comfortable’ with Mr Dorris’ absence.

He said that the families had to satisfy a ‘human need to see the man and hear him apologise’.

Mr Richards suggested a meeting take place ‘either via video conference or a face-to-face, just to hear his apology in some way, so the families can put that need to bed’.

Dane Chinnery was named as the first victim of the Croydon tram crash

Mark Smith pictured with son Lucas by the Christmas tree

Dane Chinnery was named as the first victim of the Croydon tram crash Mark Smith , 35, pictured with son Lucas at the Christmas before he died

Phil Seary pictured at the wedding of his youngest daughter Karina

Mother-of-two Dorota Rynkiewicz was described by friends as a devoted mother and a 'friendly, caring and giving person'

Phil Seary, 57, pictured at the wedding of his youngest daughter Karina. Mother-of-two Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, was described by friends as a devoted mother and a ‘friendly, caring and giving person’

Dane Chinnery, 19, Philip Logan, 52, Philip Seary, 57, Dorota Rynkiewicz, 35, and Robert Huxley, 63, all from New Addington, and Mark Smith, 35, and Donald Collett, 62, both from Croydon, were all killed in the crash.

Mr Ritchie represents the families of Mr Logan, Mr Seary, Ms Rynkiewicz, Mr Smith, and Mr Collett.

The families of Mr Chinnery and Mr Huxley are represented by Giles Mooney QC.

A full inquest is due to open on October 19 2020.

The inquest is expected to hear arguments that the case was one of human error and failings of the transport system.

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So what’s an ‘established relationship?’: 80% of Britons believe it means dating someone for a year

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Some 84 per cent of Britons think dating for at least a year constitutes an ‘established relationship’, meaning they do not need to socially distance under new lockdown rules.

The latest government guidance issued this week does not provide clarity on what an ‘established relationship’ is, with many couples questioning if they fall into the category.

A survey by YouGov found 80 per cent think referring to a significant other as a ‘partner’ is enough to call things established.

A total of 84 per cent of those questioned think dating for a year or more awards them the title – while 72 per cent think six months or more is enough.

Two thirds – 66 per cent – found referring to someone as a ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’ makes the relationship established, while 60 per cent said if you say you love them it does.

But just 17 per cent said it counted as established if the pair was having sex, falling to eight per cent for kissing.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people needed to ‘be careful’ when it came to having sexual relationships outside of ‘established relationships’ during the pandemic.

Asked about the Government’s guidance that only ‘established’ couples should be having sex, he told Sky News: ‘In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase.

‘If you’re saying that two households shouldn’t mix, which we are in some parts of the country – in the North East, the North West, in Scotland, in parts of Wales – then you have to then define what is the boundary of that.’

He added: ‘I think we should stick to the letter of it, which is it is okay in an established relationship.

Asked about the Government's guidance that only 'established' couples should be having sex, he told Sky News: 'In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase'

Asked about the Government’s guidance that only ‘established’ couples should be having sex, he told Sky News: ‘In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase’

‘It just means that people need to be careful, they need to be sensible.

‘If you’re in a relationship that is well established… what it means is people realising that coming into close contact with people from other households, then that is how the virus spreads.’

Mr Hancock joked to host Kay Burley that ‘I know I am in an established relationship’ with his wife.

In what is often seen as the first step to moving in with someone, leaving a toothbrush at the other person’s house was seen by 51 per cent to be a sign of an established relationship.

Meanwhile the bold step of meeting a partner’s parents was judged by just 42 per cent to mean a couple fits Mr Hancock’s threshold.

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Some viewers accused Ms Burley of flirting with the health secretary during their interview on yesterday.

The were both laughing while discussing casual sex in the context of the new coronavirus restrictions.

 One viewer tweeted: ‘Jesus christ @KayBurley get a room! What unprofessional interviewing, more like a speed date than a serious interview on a major network at prime news time.’

Another added: ‘She was like that yesterday with Raab, in fact if a man has a pulse, she’s like that with them too. @KayBurley’.

‘Vile!!’ a third posted. ‘How can he be that immature?’ another added.

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Berlin council staff told to avoid phrases like ‘asylum seeker’

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Political correctness has invaded and struck at the heart of Germany with a series of strange new phrases in a new diversity-sensitive language guide.

Berlin city council  has told state employees in the capital to watch their language to avoid offence.

New guidelines put in place by the nanny state authority have led to guidance on every day phrases that they say should not be used. 

Among the many phrases targeted by the PC brigade is asylum seeker. According to the new guide this term is misleading as there is a fundamental right to asylum.

Instead state employees should use the term persons requiring protection.

Foreigners should be replaced with ‘residents without German citizenship’ and people with a migrant background should be referred to as ‘people with an international history.’

State workers in Berlin have been issued politically correct guidance which lists phrases they should not use

State workers in Berlin have been issued politically correct guidance which lists phrases they should not use

The new rules have been criticised across Germany.

Gunnar Schupelius, a commentator on the local daily newspaper BZ, said that a ‘clique’ of politicians was trying to influence people to believe what they think is right. 

He wrote that they want to ensure people ‘behave in accordance with their political ideology.’

The guidance has been turned into a 44-page guide and it forms part of a national diversity programme.

It aims to train Berlin’s state employees to communicate ‘with the people in this city,’ regardless of their sexuality, gender, age, disability, religion or ethnic origin.

The booklet also states that if someone changes gender then officials should not say gender change but gender realignment.

While the German phrase Schwarz fahren, which translates as riding black, and is a widely used German term for fare dodging on public transport should not be used at all.

There are no penalties for failing to adhere to the PC Brigade’s list of pointless changes as they are only a set of recommendations.

The PC guide was written by the State Office for Equal Treatment Against Discrimination, which is run by Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt, from the Green Party.

Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt, from the Green Party, who is behind the guidance

Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt, from the Green Party, who is behind the guidance

Berlin’s centre-left city government is a coalition of the Greens with the Social Democrats and Left Party.

Mr Behrendt, in a press statement, said: ‘Berlin is home to people from many different backgrounds and in very different situations

‘Berliners should understand the administration as their own and therefore the administration should also be open to this diversity.

‘If the diversity of Berlin is reflected in the administration, then that is a benefit for the entire city.’

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