Being a healthy weight will help individuals have a good night's sleep.
Phyliss Murphie, a respiratory nurse at Dumfries and Galloway's Sleep Clinic, noted body mass is key when it comes resting in a bed.
Ms Murphie observed between two and four per cent of people in the UK suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), which causes individuals to repeatedly stop breathing during the night.
She told the Dumfries and Galloway Standard: "It's directly related to a patient's lack of sleep. The best advice we can give people is to lose weight."
However, 80 to 90 per cent of cases of OSA go undiagnosed, when simple lifestyle changes may be all that is required to make a difference.
Ms Murphie went on to note snoring can be socially disruptive and therefore it is vital that action is taken.
A spokesperson for the British Lung Foundation noted OSA sufferers will have a lower quality of life than those who do not have the condition.
Posted by Michael Ewing