Foods That Can Negatively Affect Sleep Apnea
At the TMD & Sleep Apnea Clinic, we do everything we can to improve the sleep quality of our patients who are suffering from sleep apnea. While we encourage patients to follow our treatment recommendations, there are certain things you can do in your daily life to help improve your symptoms and not experience any setbacks with your treatment. It may be beneficial to evaluate your eating habits and make any necessary changes. There are certain foods that may be negatively impacting your quality of sleep and can aggravate your sleep apnea symptoms. We would recommend cutting back or avoiding foods such as:
Although bananas are normally a healthy option as a piece of fruit or a snack, they can cause issues if you suffer from sleep apnea. Bananas increase mucus production in the mouth and throat, which can lead to problems when you are sleeping. If you want to enjoy a banana, we would recommend eating one that is greener and not as ripe.
Some people like to indulge in an alcoholic beverage after work or with dinner, thinking that it will help them sleep. While it is true that alcohol can help you fall asleep, your sleep may be short lived. Even people who have no issues with sleep apnea can experience symptoms after drinking alcohol. It is best to enjoy alcohol in moderation and not close to bedtime.
Meats that are high in fat can increase inflammation in the body. It is best to choose lean cuts of meat.
Eating large quantities of sugar can increase inflammation in the body, similar to eating fatty meats. High levels of sugar can also lead to weight gain. Extra weight worsens sleep apnea.
If you have questions about your sleep apnea treatment or you are experiencing symptoms for the first time and looking to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, be sure to contact our office, which is located in Silverdale, WA. We are happy to help!