The Best Diets for Sleep Apnea

Guest Post by Peter Minkoff

Best Diets for Sleep Apnea

While there are luxuries in life you could live without, a good night’s sleep simply isn’t one of them. Not sleeping properly can prevent you from fully committing to work, focusing while you study and even how much you enjoy your free time.

This is why having a condition that would disrupt your sleep may evolve into a serious problem. Unfortunately, sleep apnea does precisely that.

Seeing how it causes interruptions in your sleep, you will wake up less rested and probably be prone on daytime sleepiness. Here are a few ideas on what you should eat to resolve this particular problem.

Whole Grains

wholegrains for sleep apnea

Seeing how obesity is one of the prime culprits when it comes to sleep apnea, you should start planning a way to achieve a significant weight loss. The first thing you need to adopt into your eating regimen are whole grains.

You see, most of our daily meals consist of cereals, pasta and low-fiber bread which are all made from refined grains. In this process, the refined grains lose a lot of nutrients, as well as fibre content, which makes them full of empty calories.

In long-term, they lead you to obesity which usually results in sleep apnea. To avoid all of this, simply look for whole grain products, like whole grain bread and whole wheat spaghetti. This type of diet is also great for your digestive system.

Take It Easy with Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates for sleep apnea

The next thing you need to think about is the amount of carbohydrates you consume. Like refined grain, it is one of the things that will make you put on some additional weight with ease, but completely excluding it from your diet is out of the question.

You see, carbs are the fuel on which your body runs, which also means you need it to help you burn fat. Therefore, you could simply try to tone down a bit with bread, potatoes and pasta.

Apart from helping with sleep apnea, it will also improve your blood sugar levels by quite a bit. Another sensible idea would be to look into vegan food and find few interesting recipes which could help.

Olive Oil and Nuts

Olive Oil and Nuts for sleep apnea

Another thing you may want to consider is the way you take your daily fat. Every expert would agree that olive oil is ideal for your organism, but it is the nature of its preparation that causes some dispute.

Frying things in olive oil may be healthier than frying in animal fat, but it is still not the optimal choice. Instead, you should use it on salads in its natural form.

Another great source of ‘healthy fats’ are walnuts and almonds, while hazelnuts and peanuts are usually not recommended. These items can easily be combined into an ultimate healthy breakfast and allow you to start your every day on the right foot. Furthermore, they are an excellent source of calcium for people who are lactose intolerant.


There are several ways to go about sleep apnea treatment like undergoing a procedure, quitting tobacco, alcohol and unnecessary medicine, but the easiest and most reliable method is through a proper diet.

Improving your eating habits, you will not only get your sleep apnea in order but also reach your optimal body weight. When you combine this with the fact that you will finally get to rest the way you deserve it, what you get is a massive improvement in your lifestyle quality.

As you can see, none of the tips mentioned above requires expensive or extravagant foods. All you need is invest a bit of a strategy when planning the contents of your plate and soon you will get to reap the fruits of your labour fully.

Blog post written by Peter Minkoff

Peter is a fitness and health writer at, living between London and Brisbane. Besides writing, he is a total organic living devotee! Follow Peter on Twitter for more health and fitness tips.

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