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Can eating earlier prevent snoring?

Senior Couple Enjoying Meal Around Table At HomeIf you snore, you might be willing to try anything to get a better night’s sleep. How about trying something extremely easy that might have very positive results? You might want to consider eating your dinner earlier to stop your snoring and to help you to get a better night’s sleep.

Why would eating earlier make a difference?

There is not a lot of formal research into it, but many people are finding that if they stop eating at least 4 hours before they go to bed (and only eat a light meal then), it helps to reduce snoring. There are some thoughts as to why going to bed with a full stomach is a bad idea:

• It can lead to acid reflux. This is when acid from your stomach goes back up the esophagus, and it can even go up into the airway. It’s not only bad for the esophagus (and can be quite painful), it can also inflame airway tissue and increase the buildup of mucus at the back of the throat, both of which can lead to snoring. (The pain from acid reflux can also prevent you from sleeping well.)

• There is pressure on your chest. Lying down when you have a full stomach can exert pressure on your chest and make it difficult to breathe properly, which can lead to snoring.

• Some foods make snoring worse. Foods that are high in fat can take a long time to digest (which can lead to acid reflux), and foods that are acidic can irritate the lining of the throat, both of which can lead to snoring.

If you are having trouble with snoring, you might try eating earlier in the evening – you never know when a small change can make a big difference. However, if you’ve tried just about everything and can’t find a solution for your snoring problem, it may be time to get help from eos dental sleep in Philadelphia. The staff there can help you to figure out why you are snoring and then can help you to find relief. Call (215) 241-0700 for an appointment today!