Natural health: 'I snore long and loudly during the night. Could this be why I nearly always feel tired when I wake up?'

Snoring is often a sign of inflammation in the body and a build-up of mucous. The main inflammatory foods are processed, sugary, and fatty.
Natural health: 'I snore long and loudly during the night. Could this be why I nearly always feel tired when I wake up?'

I have recently started to use a sleeping app. I was surprised to discover that I snore long and loudly during the night. Could this be why I nearly always feel tired when I wake up? What would you recommend?

Snoring is often a sign of inflammation in the body and a build-up of mucous. The main inflammatory foods are processed, sugary, and fatty.

Grains, dairy, and meat may also cause inflammation, but research shows that this may also depend on their source and how they are prepared. Underlying sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies should also be identified or ruled out.

Sprouted and ancient wholegrains are not the same as hybridised and highly processed grains. Dairy is typically far more digestible and less likely to trigger inflammation when it is fermented, such as homemade yogurts and kefir.

Meat should be grass-fed and organic, but choosing game meats and cooking methods that favour long and slow, rather than fast and fried, will make a significant difference.

The bottom line with dietary changes is to increase your intake of whole foods, favouring a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Include plenty of brightly coloured options to increase your protection against inflammation and mucous production.

Look into vegan and vegetarian options for meals, and limit or exclude processed and takeaway foods.

If you are carrying some extra weight, then this is another factor that can contribute to snoring.

Thirty minutes a day is enough to get the blood and lymph moving and to increase your oxygen uptake.

If you take a walk after your evening meal, this can help the body to wind down and prepare for a restful sleep.

If an outdoor walk is not an option, a rebounder or mini-trampoline at home is a great alternative. You don’t need to bounce on it — simply marching on the spot is a great start.

If you are interested in taking a supplement to help support your body in reducing inflammation and protecting and repairing the mucous membranes then choose a formulation that combines vitamins A, C, and E, together with selenium.

This antioxidant blend will also provide immune support.

I’ve developed RSI in my right hand and it is very painful. I use a computer for work, so resting the hand for long periods to time is not an option. Is there a natural treatment you could suggest?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a difficult problem to treat, because, as you mention, it is often the case that discontinuing the movement is untenable as it is an essential part of your workday process.

Symptoms vary widely, ranging from numbness and tingling through to constant pain.

I suggest using Dr Christopher’s Cayenne Heat ointment: it helps with circulation, nerve function, and pain relief. It also contains ingredients that will help on a deeper level with ongoing healing.

Internally, you might want to look into collagen supplementation. Rather than taking capsules, you can purchase collagen powders and collagen-infused broths to add to hot or cold drinks, soups, and stews.

The Feldenkrais Method is all about using minimum effort to achieve maximum efficiency, enabling you to release holding patterns and increase flexibility and coordination. It works at a subtle level, so that your brain and nervous system are engaged to help change the way in which you relate to your body, and, as a result, reduces pain, strain, stiffness, and tension.

For more information visit www.feldenkrais.ie online.

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