Can Changing Your Diet Help Sleep Apnea?

Can Changing Your Diet Help Sleep Apnea?
Posted on 12/03/2021

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects approximately 22 million Americans. The sleep condition causes the patient to experience short pauses in their breath while they are asleep. This type of irregular breathing during sleep can negatively affect a patient’s health and lead to an unrestful night’s sleep. Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. works with sleep apnea patients to manage their sleep apnea with the use of oral appliance treatments. Additionally, depending on your lifestyle, Dr Gonzalez may recommend that you alter your diet to help your sleep apnea symptoms.

The Mediterranean Diet for Sleep Apnea


While it is not clinically proven, many sleep apnea patients have found relief from their sleep condition by switching to a Mediterranean diet. The Spanish and Greek-inspired diet is high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and fish. Overall, strictly following the diet would mean consuming foods low in total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium, which has been proven to greatly reduce sleep apnea symptoms and lead to a better night’s sleep.

Foods to Enjoy

Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. recommends consuming the following foods on the Mediterranean diet:

  • Vegetables: tomatoes, broccoli, kale, spinach, onions, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, zucchini, summer squash;
  • Fruits: apples, oranges, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, melon, figs, dates, grapes, peaches;
  • Nuts & Seeds: almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds;
  • Legumes: beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts;
  • Whole Grains: quinoa, barley, brown rice, oats, buckwheat;
  • Fish & Seafood: haddock, cod, salmon, sardines, trout, tuna, mackerel, shrimp, clams, crab, mussels, oysters;
  • Dairy: cheese, yogurt, milk;
  • Healthy Fats: extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocados, and avocado oil.

Contact Your “Orthodontist Near Me” About Diet Change & Sleep Apnea!

If you are suffering from sleep apnea and are unsure where to turn to manage your symptoms, contact the orthodontic office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. He will find the right oral appliance treatment for you and discuss your options in terms of lifestyle management to reduce your sleep apnea symptoms. Request an appointment today! We look forward to seeing you soon.