Monday, 27 May 2013

Lifestyle Changes for Better Sleep

Snoring occurs for both men and women and is increasingly becoming a leading cause of fatigue and exhaustion cases that require medical intervention. Research has shown that apart from health conditions, individuals accustomed to lack of or minimal exercise, coupled with rich foods, gallons of alcohol and endless packs of cigarettes often snore in their sleep.

There are medical methods of dealing with snoring. However, before looking into them, one may want to consider looking into less expensive solutions. Weight gain is one factor that affects snoring. It could either cause someone who never snored before to begin snoring in their sleep, or it could cause someone who snored on and off to snore more frequently when they sleep. This is because weight gain occurs all over the body even if it may be easier to spot it around some parts of the body more than others. 

Engaging in an exercise regime that facilitates the loss of extra pounds can help reduce the frequency of snoring. Weight training as part of an exercise regime is just as useful as aerobic exercise as it strengthens muscles, especially those around the upper back, chest and neck. This greatly improves breathing, as the added muscular support keeps the airways open when breathing.

An increase in the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables helps the body in the breakdown, use and elimination of excess fats and oils. Fruits and vegetables also help in the oxygenating of the blood, which is a key element in the clearing of bodily toxins among other cellular functions. Fresh fruit also contains natural sugar that is easily absorbed and regulated by the body compared to refined sugar that often does not get broken down completely, leading to fat deposits in different parts of the body.

Processed and canned foods often contain preservatives and artificial flavourings and sweeteners, which have been shown to increase risks of illness and disease in the human body. One should, instead, increase the intake of natural whole foods and water, as well as regulate food portions.

Consciously regulating alcohol and tobacco use is by far more effective than leaving social encounters to chance. One may not avoid social interaction, but one can avoid excessive drinking and smoking during these encounters.

It is important that one makes positive lifestyle adjustments that gradually improve one’s life as time passes. These adjustments will consequently reduce or eliminate snoring altogether, allowing for better rest at night and higher productivity during the day.

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