Can sleep apnoea be eased by a Mediterranean diet?

71058998A Mediterranean diet along with a healthy dose of exercise could potentially help sufferers of sleep apnoea, new research has revealed.

In a study published by the European Respiratory Society this month (November 2nd), evidence showed that eating a delicious Med-inspired diet along with keeping active can help improve some of the symptoms of the condition.

The study examined 40 patients, where half were given a prudent diet to follow and the other half followed a Mediterranean diet. All participants were asked to increase their physical activity to walking for at least 30 minutes each day.

The findings revealed that those on the Mediterranean diet recorded a reduced number of sleep disturbances in their single beds during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. However, they did not reveal an overall improvement in severity of the condition.

Christopher Papandreou, lead author of the study, said: “[M]ore studies are needed to examine the effect of the above diet on this sleep-related breathing disorder taking into account its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.”

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