IN THIS ARTICLE
- Help Getting to Sleep
- Sleep as Part of a Hormonal Symphony
- Unclog Lymph System for Better Sleep
- Eating Food Before Sleep
- Maximize Your Fat Burning During Sleep
- Reduce Snoring: Fat May be the Problem
- Immunity & Sleep
- Pleasure, Arousal, Stress, & Food Does Sleep Have a Chance?
- Sleep & Excessive Substance P
Reduce Snoring: Fat May be the Problem
Snoring means that the air passage in your throat has narrowed and is vibrating, in turn causing the snoring sound. This reduces your ability to get oxygen into your body, which not only stresses your circulatory system it stresses your ability to move nutrition in your blood while you sleep. Snoring invariably reduces sleep quality.
Various tips not related to fat have been given to help people reduce snoring: reduce or eliminate alcohol, sleep on your side, dont take muscle-relaxing medications, elevate the head of your bed, and employ strategies to clear your sinuses of congestion.
While such tips may help, they usually don't solve the problem. In my opinion, snoring is an inflammatory problem wherein your inflammation burned interferes with the fitness and tone of the autonomic system that regulates your breathing while you sleep.
While there are many sources of inflammation, being overweight is right at the top of the list. This means that as you lose weight you will eventually get to a weight where you are much more likely not to snore.
On a short term basis, the amount of fat in your diet may be the single most significant factor that causes snoring, whether you are overweight or not. This is very easy to test. Begin by cutting out all (or most) fat at your dinner meal, that solves a lot of snoring problems right off the bat. If that is not good enough, cut down fat intake at other meals until you find a level of fat intake that is below your snoring threshold.
There are many possible nutrients that may help snoring for one reason or another. For example, any nutrient you use to help improve a sleep-related issue listed in a previous section is likely to help. Similarly, any nutrient that helps you manage stress during the day or helps correct an inflammatory and energy-depleting health problem is also likely to help. Such nutrients have general anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and there are many of them.
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