New research shows the Mediterranean diet may help reduce symptoms of sleep apnea.
If you suffer from sleep apnea—a condition when breathing arrests for short periods during sleep—you also may experience daytime drowsiness. But new research published in European Respiratory Journal suggests your diet could offer relief. In a recent study, 40 obese individuals afflicted with severe sleep apnea increased physical activity and ate a Mediterranean diet (rich in fish, olive oil, fresh vegetables, and whole grains) or simply “ate prudently” for six months. Those who focused on exercise with the Mediterranean diet lost significantly more weight, reducing symptoms of sleep apnea. Another perk? The Med diet is delicious!