Do Mucus-Forming Foods Increase Snoring?

Milk by Stefan Kühn on WikimediaIn case you didn’t know this, the Internet is not always the most reliable place to get your medical information. Shocking, I know, but let’s take a look at a widespread misconception you’ve probably encountered when trying to find ways to reduce your snoring.

One of the most common pieces of advice you will come across is that a major cause of your snoring is that certain foods are mucus-forming, which causes your airway to narrow, from your nose through your throat, which causes the vibrations that we hear as snoring. This advice can be found on relatively mainstream sites, which tend to espouse a moderate view that there are a few foods that increase your mucus. But there are also some really radical sites claiming that pretty much everything increases mucus formation.

The question of whether foods increase mucus formation has been considered from several angles, but there’s little evidence that certain foods lead to increased mucus in order to cause snoring.

The Case against Milk

Probably the most common class of food that is charged with being mucus-producing is milk and dairy. If you find a list of mucus-producing foods to avoid, they’re pretty much always there. This is likely because the coating texture of milk probably makes people think they are producing more mucus, or, at least, can suggest that such a possibility might be true.

The thing is, because it’s commonly accused, many people have studied the connection between milk and mucus, and have determined that drinking milk does not lead to excess mucus production. Instead, it’s more like a placebo effect, so that people who think milk is mucus-forming are more likely to report mucus-related symptoms after drinking milk.

But this isn’t the whole story, because there is a small subset of people who experience additional mucus production from drinking milk. That’s because these people are actually mildly allergic to cow’s milk, though most of them don’t know it.

Identify Food Allergies

There are actually many foods that people might have minor allergies to. If you do have a food allergy, it’s likely that consuming the food will cause a number of symptoms (such as inflammation of the airway) that can make snoring or sleep apnea worse.

How do you track down these minor allergies? You could have an allergy test, or you could try using a sleep diary to attempt to correlate which foods lead to worse sleep.

But if you get treatment for your snoring, the chances are that it will give you good results, allowing you to continue eating the foods that you enjoy without having the consequences of worse snoring.

If you would like to learn whether snoring treatment in San Diego can help you, please call (619) 299-5925 for an appointment with a San Diego sleep dentist at Strober Dental.