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Catching Z’s: Sleep Apnea, Snoring, and The Paleo Diet

Sleep Apnea | The Paleo Diet

Will adopting The Paleo Diet lifestyle reduce or altogether eliminate snoring?

Approximately 12 million Americans currently suffer from sleep apnea. The sleep disorder is characterized by short pauses while breathing during sleep, and the condition can often result in loud, obnoxious snoring and depleted blood oxygen levels in the body.

Sleep apnea and snoring are not always directly correlated with each other, but the relationship is often taken into consideration. Historically, factors that have predisposed an individual to sleep apnea include being male, overweight or obese, having a heart condition or high blood pressure, and/or having a history of smoking.

The Paleo Diet focuses on reducing inflammation in the body by cutting out all processed foods, grains, dairy, and sugar and implementing grass produced or free ranging meats, fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and a moderate amount of nuts. Following a Paleo Diet rich in nutrient-dense, naturally occurring foods may help to prevent sleep apnea and the two most common conditions associated with the disorder: Obesity and high blood pressure. Eating a Paleo Diet may not necessarily cure your sleeping issues, but it certainly has potential in reducing your symptoms and improving your overall health.


Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

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5 Comments on "Catching Z’s: Sleep Apnea, Snoring, and The Paleo Diet"

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  1. Bernt says:

    I have always had problems with snoring, however after going on Paleo, the snoring has completely stopped. I can even sleep on my back, and my wife no longer needs ear plugs.

  2. Bruce says:

    Sound information. I have been a CPAP user for 15 years and on Paleo Diet for one year. Both have added immeasurably to my quality of life. If you have a sleeping problem I recommend strongly to have a sleep test overnight at a sleep clinic. CPAP treatment could change your life around. Once you have rented or purchased the CPAP machine you have no further costs, no prescription medicines to buy, just constant gentle air in your nostrils to lead you into deep sleep each night. On Paleo I have lost 12 kg over the last 10 months, though weight loss was not the reason I went on Paleo. It was more to reduce inflammation, attain a lower blood pressure and maintain cardiac homeostasis. I feel I have achieved those goals and it has been both pleasurable and relatively easy to achieve. Thanks for providing the science behind the Paleo approach. Coming from a scientific background myself, I much appreciate your comments and the bibliography for further reading.

  3. Jessica says:

    If you want to enjoy the better lifestyle then its very important to take a proper diet. If you are not taking care of your diet then you may suffer from some serious problems like snoring, diabities, high blood pressure, joint pain etc.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Great blog! I’ve been on the Paleo Diet for two years now, and have lost over 80 pounds!!! It was very interesting to read this perspective on Paleo and sleep issues. I would add only that it really is critical to consider going for sleep testing if you are a snorer…apnea is a very serious (and rapidly growing) problem that requires medical consult. For many people, a CPAP machine is the only answer. I found a chinstrap that worked for me. The chinstrap repositions the jaw, and retrains it so as to help resolve part of the cause of the snoring. There are lots of great articles on my website — I encourage you to go check it out. Again, thanks for the very informative post!

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