Snoring and Your Diet

Changing your diet to stop snoring doesn't necessarily mean going on a weight loss program although they may have the same out come.

There is a preconception that snoring is the sole domain of overweight middle aged men. NOT TRUE. It affects both Men and Woman of all ages, shapes, weights and sizes.

Losing weight by itself may or may not help your snoring but making changes to what you eat can. I have met young slim athletic woman who snore like a horse. A weight-loss program for them would be silly but a change in what they eat could have a positive effect on their snoring.

The word diet is used here, not in the sense of starving yourself but rather to describe the food choices you make. Research in the UK has found a correlation between heart disease and snoring. Statistics show a correlation between overweight people and snoring. Reducing belly fat has been proven to decrease the severity of sleep apnea and snoring. Any overweight person with obstructive sleep apnea should consider it a priority to lose weight. While not all people who have snoring or sleep apnea are overweight, gaining weight has a close correlation with increased snoring and increased sleep apnea. And likewise losing weight has a similar reducing effect for the same people. Overall does this mean that snoring causes heart disease or been overweight causes snoring – probably not!

What is more likely is that the things that cause heart disease also encourage snoring. And the causes of people being over weight also contribute to their snoring. Things such as their food choices.

While being obese may be a factor in constricting the airways and the cause of turbulent airflow, what you eat may have a greater effect on mucus build up, nasal sensitivity and mouth breathing and hence, snoring.

For instance the consumption of simple sugars before going to bed can lead to mild dehydration. Simple sugars are the fast burning sugars present in such things as sweets, alcoholic drinks or soft drink.

The nasal passages are responsible for humidifying the air before entering the lungs. When the body is dehydrated you respond by mouth breathing even if your nasal passages are clear. If you mouth breathe you are much more likely to snore. This scenario can explain why many people snore after drinking.
Reducing this nasal buildup or sensitivity and reducing your weight (if over-weight) can have a positive impact on your snoring.

Changing what you eat can make you less congested and that means easier breathing and reduced snoring. Many people have noted a reduction of snoring when going on a low carbohydrate diet. These are the ketogenic diets of which the Atkins program is the most widely recognised. Often the snoring disappears in 2 or 3 days before the weight loss kicks in. This has been attributed to the low wheat, sugar and caffine intakes associated with these types of programs.

And there are some healthy side effects, like losing weight, if that’s what you want.

Global health and fitness (www.global-fitness.com)has lots of information about getting in shape and free dieting tools like the carbohydrate counter as well as calorie, fat or protein counters among others. The site has lots of other information from recipes to fitness articles.

Good Eating and Good Sleeping!




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