How to get a good night’s sleep: 11 foods to help you stop snoring

What you have for dinner can help you sleep better, especially if you are prone to snoring. Here are some specific foods to stock up on.

t’s well known that maintaining a healthy diet – and therefore a healthy weight – are top of the list when it comes to what you can do to combat snoring.

However, there are also certain foods you can eat that will help soothe your sleep even more.

Why not try some of these:

1. Tea

A nice cup of tea before bed can minimise congestion and cut down on phlegm – both of which cause snoring. Green and black tea are said to be most effective.

2. Soy milk

Cow’s milk can trigger congestion and boosts the chances of snoring in people with lactose intolerance – in fact, many dairy products have the same result. Opt for soy to avoid the problem.

3. Fish

Plump for a fillet of salmon over a steak as red meat has been found to encourage inflammation which can narrow nasal passages, making snoring an inevitability. Fish on the other hand are full of good fatty acids that can reduce inflammation in the body.

4. Honey

Honey relaxes and soothes the throat, and also reduces swelling – hence why it’s used for helping colds – so pop a spoonful in your tea before bed (see above) to beat snoring.

5. Turmeric

This bright yellow spice is famed for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help combat inflamed nasal passages.

6. Onions

With their strong smell and ability to make your eyes water, onions are natural decongestants and are also packed with anti-oxidants.

7. Olive oil

Instead of saturated fats – like butter and margarine – that increase acid reflux, which can contribute to snoring, use a good slick of olive oil.

8. Pineapple

Improve your airways with a few chunks of anti-inflammatory pineapple after dinner.

9. Horseradish

Reduce sinus blockages with a hit of horseradish – it is great at drying up excess mucus.

10. Garlic

Garlic is so anti-inflammatory that some brave souls with serious snoring problems chew on garlic cloves before hopping into bed!

11. Peppermint

A nifty way to decrease swelling in the throat is by gargling with water mixed with peppermint oil. It helps open airways to boot!

Source BT April 2016

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