If you or your partner snore, you’ll know the sleepless nights all too well. It can be loud, disturbing and also concerning, and one thing is for sure: snoring is not a sign of good health.
But there could be more to snoring than just difficulty breathing – some of the answers lie in what you eat. Here’s which foods can help you get a good night’s sleep.
Honey is a great anti-inflammatory and an anti-microbial with many other benefits, including prevention of snoring. The liquid gold can cleans sores and ulcers of the lips, as well as reducing the swelling in the throat that causes snoring. Opera singers use it to relax their vocal chords! Simply eat a tablespoon before bed to coat your throat and breathe easy.
Red meat is an inflammatory, which can cause slight spasms in the arteries, particularly in the heart and nasal passages. See if you can cut back on red meats for a week and replace a few meals with fish. Salmon and tuna have high levels of omega 3s which act as an immunity defence.
The connection between tea and snoring is strong – certain hot teas can in fact help snoring. Teas help decrease congestion and phlegm, particularly chamomile tea with lemon and honey, black tea with lemon and honey, and green tea. But perhaps the most effective tea in reducing snoring is mint tea. Mint is a decongestant, which is why it is used in so many commercial decongestants. If you reduce phlegm, you can reduce snoring, as phlegm acts as a glue that clogs the airways.
It might sound strange but in actual fact, onions not only have role of an anti-inflammatory but also of an antioxidant. They are also a decongestants that can clear the passage for air to pass through and prevent snoring. Try to include onions in your cooking and salads to see improvements at bedtime.
5. Olive oil
Olive oil is a healthy oil, unlike saturated fat such as butter. Saturated oil can result in forming acid reflux which may lead to heartburn if it remains confined to the stomach. In contrary, olive oil acts as anti-inflammatory and decrease arterial inflammation. Olive oil can be used liberally in cooking, in salads or with a piece of freshly baked bread.
6. Soy milk
It might shock you to know that dairy intake is one of the causes of snoring as it increases phlegm. By swapping to soy milk or non-dairy milk, you can reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. This is because cow’s milk actually promotes snoring, as particular proteins can cause mild to severe allergic reactions. The allergic reactions promote congestion, which closes the nasal passages, and increases snoring.
Tell us, do you or your partner snore? Have you made changes to your diet recently to try and stop it?