How to stop snoring and improve your sleep? Here’s a list of the top five foods that help reduce swollen nasal passages, cure inflammation, alleviate or even stop snoring completely.
The typical approach to a snoring problem, right after you decide it’s getting out of hand, is to hit the pharmacy. The idea is usually to stop the habit short using either medication or snoring devices. While either tack works fine, it still doesn’t do much to improve the lifestyle that caused you to snore in the first place.
One of the better ways to go is to eat right. Make a few modifications to your diet. Here are top 5 foods to help you stop snoring.
- Soy Milk
One of the better alternatives to cow’s milk, this is even more beneficial to people who are lactose intolerant. If this is what causes you to snore at night, because of an allergic reaction and subsequent nasal swelling, then switch to soy milk and you’ll see a marked difference. No more phlegm or congestion, which means one less reason you’ll snore.
Tea is another dietary component which mitigates nasal congestion. It’s also good to inhale the steam rising out of boiling tea, which works to unclog your blocked nasal passageway. The vapors from the brew can pacify any irritation arising from mucus and improve drainage. Drinking peppermint tea daily is a good way to put an end to your snoring problem. Drinking herbal tea helps you avoid dehydration. When you are dehydrated, your nose secretions become thicker and this contributes to snoring.
Honeyed tea before bed is a famous snoring remedy, especially among older people. Plus, it’s tasty. Drinking this relaxes the throat and reduces your chances of snoring in sleep. Honey is also found to fight infections, and is very effective in removing irritation in the throat. Falling asleep is also easier and more pleasant after the warm honey tea gets rid of a possible breathing block. You breathe better and are likely to sleep better, with snoring now off the table.
While not exactly an improvement on your breath, onion intake is certainly effective when it comes to deterring snoring. It’s well known that onions can help fight cold and flu. The anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties help clear the nasal passages so that air passes through more freely.
Fish is a great source of protein and salubrious omega-3 fatty acids. Switching from red meat to fish will help you with snoring. Red meat is rich in saturated fat, which causes inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses. This inflammation aggravates snoring.
Overall, follow these simple recommendations:
- Avoid alcohol (alcohol relaxes your throat muscles, which blocks air)
- Don’t smoke (smoking irritates your throat and increases snoring)
- Restrict foods rich in saturated fats
- Sleep about 8 hours a day
- Sleep on your side
- If you feel that your nasal passages are clogged, take a hot shower
- If overweight, follow a calorie-restricted diet. Avoid sugars and processed food. Eat lots of raw vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, greens) with each meal to feel full and still avoid overeating calorie-loaded foods.
These easy remedies can reduce snoring greatly.