8 Foods that Can Cause Snoring

Oct 22, 2018 | Blog

Snoring is a huge issue for many people — almost half of the population snores at least occasionally. What’s more, most of us would do anything to get rid of this intrusive, annoying condition. Well, there might be a slight chance to improve it, if not completely get rid of it.

Some studies show that certain food groups and groceries can worsen your snoring. Therefore, it’s only logical that by avoiding these foods, you can ease your condition.

What Causes Snoring

Snoring is caused by airflow that vibrates the loose tissue in our throat. It usually happens during the deep sleep stages of the sleep cycle.

In these stages, the tissues and muscles in our throats are so loose that our nasal passages get constricted. That’s when we start to produce wheezing, and hoarse sounds that annoy the people around us.

Common Causes of Snoring

A wide variety of factors can influence how often and how loudly we snore. More often than not, snoring is caused by our lifestyle or our surroundings. However, there are some medical conditions, like sleep apnea, that can cause snoring.

Becoming aware of the types of food that can worsen your snoring (or ease it) is essential, no matter what’s causing it.

Can Food Even Cause Snoring?

While it’s true that food can’t be the sole cause of snoring, some foods can worsen it.

For example, some food groups can loosen your muscles even more than the deep sleep does. Given that the loose throat tissue is the primary cause of snoring, chronic snorers might want to avoid the foods that would further the loosening of these muscles.

Furthermore, some types of food can cause inflammation and increase mucus production, which also worsens snoring. Therefore, you should not consume allergens and food that you might be sensitive to right before going to bed.

Foods to Avoid Before Bed

To disturb your partner less with your snoring, or just have a peaceful night of sleep, you should definitely avoid the following food groups and types of food. For example, we know it’s hard, but it’s best to resist wheat and alcohol before going to bed.

Here are foods to avoid:

Wheat

You might think that avoiding wheat is merely the newest annoying trend in town. However, it’s true that processed wheat flour isn’t that great for your health. What’s more, it can cause inflammation and boost the molecules in charge of the mucus production, leaving your nasal passages restricted, and your snoring louder and more frequent than ever.

Sugar

We all know that sugar is one of the worst enemies of health. However, it seems as though the consequences are neverending. Sugar can worsen your snoring in the same way that processed wheat does.

Sugar increases the natural production of phlegm and restricts your passages. What’s more, it increases the production of cytokines, another matter that increases inflammation. It seems like a slice of cake before bed is the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to avoid waking your partner up. However, it isn’t just processed sugar that you should worry about.

Fruit

Natural sugars can cause the same type of inflammation that processed sugar does. Furthermore, both processed and natural sugar will spike your energy levels. Therefore, if you eat them right before going to bed, you won’t get a good night’s sleep, and you’ll most likely be restless. That can also cause you to snore more.

Soy

Even though it’s considered to be a highly beneficial food, soy isn’t a good option for chronic snorers — at least not in the evening. Much like sugar and wheat, soy can cause inflammation and phlegm that will drip down your throat once you go to bed.

High-Fat Meat

High-fat meats like hamburger meat or bacon also cause a lot of inflammation due to the high levels of saturated fat. Therefore, leaner meats, like skinless chicken, might be a better option for those of us who snore.

High-Fat Meat

High-fat meats like hamburger meat or bacon also cause a lot of inflammation due to the high levels of saturated fat. Therefore, leaner meats, like skinless chicken, might be a better option for those of us who snore.

Dairy

Dairy causes our bodies to produce mucus that lines the throat and restricts the airway. Therefore, it can be the cause of your snoring. Either way, it’s not helping your condition. Dairy is also very hard to digest for most people. Therefore, having a glass of milk before bed can lead to a restless night and loud snoring, rather than a good night’s sleep as the myth would suggest.

Alcohol

Alcohol doesn’t cause phlegm production, but it does loosen our muscles. Drinking right before going to bed will most likely cause you to snore. If you’re drinking but don’t want to keep the entire house awake with your snoring, then make sure you stop the alcohol intake at least three hours before going to bed.

Coffee

Coffee not only increases the inflammation in your airways but it also keeps you awake. If you drink coffee, tea, or energy drinks that contain caffeine right before going to bed, you will probably snore — if you ever manage to fall asleep. Coffee is an even bigger problem than alcohol when it comes to snoring, and you should avoid it at least 4 hours before going to bed.

Daniel Ayer

Full-time sleeper and part-time Writer for Snoringsource.com

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