Diet and Snoring

Of the many things that you can try to effect a change in a persons snoring, a relatively easy one is diet. Diet can have several different applications in its benefits to not only a persons wellbeing but also their noise levels when sleeping.

To begin with if you are overweight, you should revamp your daily intake of calories and work hard on a diet that will lose you that extra weight. A man needs only to be twenty percent overweight to have a nightly snoring problem. Lose the weight and you will likely lose the snore.

Food Allergy

If being overweight is not your problem there are other diet adjustments that you still may want to consider. Certain foods are known to aggravate the chance of your snoring while others have gotten reputations for lessening the noise fest of the night.

Although it is easy to say watch what you eat, in this case it might actually be of benefit. Studies have shown that milk and milk byproducts could be a culprit in the fight against sleepless nights.

That warm glass of milk that you are so found of just before falling asleep is actually doing you more harm than good. Dairy products in fact are a big problem, especially before bedtime, because the milk increases the amount of mucous a person makes and so this sits in the throat constricting the airway. Even eating cheese before bed can have a similar effect.

Food Testing

To test if this is increasing your nightly snoring stop eating all dairy products for a couple of weeks. If you notice a drop in your nightly snoring output then this was definitely one of your triggers. If that is the case then you have two alternatives.

You can stop using diary products all together and begin using cows milk alternatives, like soy milk, or you can just keep your use to early in the day. Set yourself up a rule that you wont have milk products after your midday meal. This may not completely eliminate the problem but should still be an improvement.

Do you ever notice that when you eat certain foods during the day you snore worse that night? If you suspect this you should try keeping a diary to track your eating habits. Note what you ate, how you slept and what the snoring was like.

If no you find correlation between food and snoring you know that is not one of the factors you need to deal with. But, If you find it worked the other way and certain nights you snore worse when certain foods have been consumed then cut out those foods to see how you nightly snoring is affected.

Another simple rule to help lower the nightly frequency is not to have a big meal or one that is too rich or fatty later in the evening. But, be careful when making any dietary changes. Ensure that not only are you eliminating snoring triggers but that you are still eating healthy.

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