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