Yet, this could not be farther from the truth. Many people convince themselves of the permanence of their snoring in order to avoid changing, even though the necessary lifestyle changes are really quite easy to adopt.
In addition, these lifestyle changes can bring a host of other beneficial effects.
In this article, we discuss the profound connection between overeating and snoring, showing how eating healthy, light meals can lead to a healthier sleep.
A Philosophical Introduction
Despite the insistent provocations of our ego, the world is not stable and secure, but constantly moving, constantly in flux. This can be observed simply by sitting outside in a lawn chair.
Eventually, the light will turn to dark, and vice versa.
Or, before that change is even registered, a more internal change will manifest. Specifically, our satiety will turn to hunger, and when we respond, we will return to a state of satiety. Or even further, eventually our energy will turn to fatigue.
The world is fueled by contrast. This provides us with a rich tapestry of experiences to interpret.
However, when we disrupt this natural flow of contrasts, all kinds of imbalances can result. This often happens when we overeat, as we forcefully impose our will on the world instead of listening to our natural circadian rhythms.
The Consequences of Overeating
When we overeat, the body responds through inflammation and fatigue, which can be a deadly combination.
The body responds with fatigue in order to prevent the eater from overeating. It’s the body’s attempt at pulling the emergency break to prevent an accident.
The body must use all of its available energy to prevent breakdown and decay, and this leaves us little energy for waking consciousness.
The inflammation, on the other hand, is a response to the toxic accumulation of foodstuff.
Essentially, the body is trying to protect its vital organs and systems from being overburdened. As the body tries to process the overwhelming amount of food, the body must work harder and thus more inefficiently, and this too leads to inflammation.
When inflammation is combined with sleep, the results are disastrous. Not only must the body deal with an overburdened, overstretched system, it must simultaneously navigate the crucial processes of restoration and rejuvenation.
This means that the body will only hover on the surface of its sleep cycle, rarely getting to deeper states like slow-wave sleep and REM-sleep. If these deeper states are experienced, then they are usually less effective and restorative.
Most critically, the throat and nasal region become blocked, inflamed and numb after overeating, which makes breathing more difficult.
The body responds to this imbalance by snoring, which is an attempt to wake up the sleeper to facilitate better air flow and access to oxygen.
How to Prevent Snoring
What’s the solution to this vicious cycle of imbalances?
One key is intermittent fasting. When you engage in this style of eating, you typically eat throughout a narrow window of hours and fast for the rest of the day. This gives your body plenty of time to assimilate and digest the food it has eaten, so that digestion is never backed up or the body overburdened.
Thus, when you do sleep, there is sufficient air flow and thus an absence of snoring.
The other approach is to only fill your stomach up to 75% of its capacity. This gives the body room to maneuver its many processes, preventing inflammation and fatigue that could lead to snoring.
Our Final Thoughts on Overeating and Snoring
As long as we eat in moderation and allow plenty of time for the body to recover, the natural contrasts of the world will be maintained.
This means that when we are tired, we will be able to sleep, but most importantly, that we will be able to sleep without snoring.
Many people wonder what causes snoring or how to prevent their snoring. These people end up resorting to all kinds of snoring aids like chin straps or expensive drugs, preferring to blame their symptoms on the environment rather than their own behavior.
Instead, a better approach is to honestly examine your diet.
The best approach to diet is to spend at least twice as long not eating as we do eating per day. Over time, this will allow us to disconnect our hunger from our insecurities. Instead, our hunger will become aligned with the natural cycles of the world, which are based on balance and sustainable contrast. Of course, this also means better health, and less snoring.
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