When the leaves start to change, you know what that means... it's football season in America! From high schools in West Texas and colleges in Michigan to professional teams in New York, gridiron games are in full swing across the country. Finally, Saturdays and Sundays are filled with men vying for control of a brown, oval-shaped ball again.
The season also brings food, lots and lots of delicious food. Whether it's at a backyard barbecue or a stadium tailgate for the big game, we're willing to bet you'll be eating like a champion this season.
But how can eating all of these tasty treats and snacks affect your sleep apnea? Are there ways to snack healthier during your favorite team’s game? What foods should you avoid? The questions seem to be endless. But worry not, friend. We've got answers to help you enjoy some healthy half-time snacks.
We know it can be hard to resist certain treats – especially when your team is on a roll and you want to celebrate by dunking a fried chicken wing into a bowl of ranch. But sometimes the tastiest snacks may not be the best for you.
Research suggests that adopting a healthy diet1, even during football season, may improve your apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), which is the scale used to evaluate the severity of your sleep apnea. With that in mind, here are a few unhealthy foods to avoid during your next tailgate:
Don't panic. We wouldn't let you go hungry on game day. You can substitute the foods listed above with healthier options that are just as tasty. These alternate snacks will reduce your cravings come kickoff:
You may be cutting back on some of your favorite snacks, treats and meals this season, but compromising your health isn't worth the risk.
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1 Dobrosielski, D et al. Diet and exercise in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea and cardiovascular disease risk. Eur Respir Rev. 2017 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5559698/
2 Romerso-Corral A et al. Interactions between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea. Chest, 2010. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3021364/
3 Simout E, Britton J, Leonardi-Bee J. Alcohol and the ries of sleep apoea: a systemaic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Medicine, 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5840512/
4 The Lung Institute. Anti-mucus diet: How to know what to eat and what to avoid. March 9, 2018. https://lunginstitute.com/blog/anti-mucus-diet/
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