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Study: Plant-based Diet Reduces Sleep Apnea

Apparently researchers have answered my prayers and found a way for us quieter night's sleep.  It seems like an easy fix if you have discipline.  Switching to a healthy plant-based diet might just be the ticket to getting a quieter night's sleep for you and everyone else who has to listen to you snore. Not only is my husband guilty of snoring, but I am too! Obviously, I am overly excited to come across this find. Researchers discovered that people  who eat lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and nuts are less likely to deal with something called obstructive sleep apnea. We have all heard about this but here's what happens:  your breathing gets interrupted during sleep, causing loud snoring and constant wake-ups throughout the night.  That's why we get out of bed feeling so exhausted! Reading the research by an article in Healthline,  it's not just about snoring.  Sleep apnea can also increase your chances to get other health risks for things like high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and even type 2 diabetes. Yikes , that's enough to scare me into eating my vegetables! The study found that people with diets heavy on the plant-based diet were about 19% less likely to have sleep apnea compared to those who didn't eat as many plant-based foods. And even just leaning towards a vegetarian diet seemed to lower the risk too. As with everything, there always seem to be a catch. It's not just good enough to eat plants,  it's about eating the right kinds of plants.  If your plant-based diet is filled with sugary drinks, refined carbs, and high-salt foods, it could actually increase your risk of sleep apnea by 22%. That's crazy confusing, right? I needed to investigate to why this happens.  Well, according to experts like Dan Gartenberg, who's a sleep scientist, it's all about inflammation. Healthy plant-based foods are packed with stuff that fights inflammation, like antioxidants and nutrients, which can help keep your airways clear during sleep. But, munching on too many sugary and salty treats can cause inflammation in your throat and mess with your body's fluid balance.  These treats can lead to swollen tissues and more breathing problems during sleep. If this info is not enough to start you eating more plants, wait - there's more!  Eating a plant-based diet can help keep you at a healthy weight, which is a big deal because obesity is a major risk factor for sleep apnea. There's even a connection between diet and acid reflux.  Are you aware that acid reflux  can make sleep apnea worse?  Certain foods can trigger reflux, but studies suggest that people on plant-based diets are less likely to deal with chronic reflux issues. So after putting it all together,  eating a healthy plant-based diet isn't just good for your body overall – it could also mean quieter nights and better sleep. Sounds like a win-win to me! [select-listicle listicle_id="725342" syndication_name="20-starter-houseplants-anyone-can-keep-alive" description="yes"]

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