If you’ve tried expensive pillows, mouthguards, nasal strips and breathing apparatus in the hope of curing your own or a partner’s deafening snoring only to be disappointed, help may be at hand.
British newspapers are hailing a new, and inexpensive, solution – a £12 (A$21, US$15.80) pineapple plant, to be exact. The plants are available at low-cost retail chain Asda in the UK, but Bunnings sometimes stocks decorative pineapple plants, as do many other nurseries in Australia.
Asda claims that the “snore-shattering” pineapple plant is perfect for Christmas because the festive season, and accompanying alcohol consumption and heavy eating, can make snoring even worse – not to mention that there’s likely be more late nights on the menu, making what sleep people do get even more important.
“According to NASA studies, pineapple plants produce oxygen and improve air quality throughout the night and therefore, aid better (and quieter) sleep,” the store says, adding that its particular plants take between 21 and 24 months to grow and are shipped in from Holland (the miniature pineapple on the top isn’t edible).
Even if you can’t get your hands on a pineapple plant, many health blogs note that pineapple itself has been shown to raise melatonin levels in men. Melatonin is the hormone that helps control sleep and waking cycles, so snacking on some pineapple chunks may help you get a better night’s sleep.