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Dr. Stevie Springer discusses healthy foods to help alleviate sleep apnea

What people eat can affect their sleeping patterns. In fact, Wise and Well’s Dr. Stevie Springer says an estimated 22- million Americans suffer moderate to severe sleep apnea.

Dr. Springer appeared on New Mexico Living to show how we can combat this disorder through the foods we eat. Dr. Springer also says our diet can contribute to this disorder positively and negatively. Obesity plays a large role in the majority of patients with sleep apnea.

Studies show that dental hygiene can strongly contribute to sleep apnea. This disorder can be managed through dietary control and through the consumption of healthy foods.

Foods to eat when living with sleep apnea

  • Cherries and other Melatonin-Rich Foods
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Whole grains
  • Turkey and other Naturally Tryptophan Foods

Foods to avoid when living with sleep apnea

  • Bananas
  • High-fat dairy
  • High –fat meats
  • Refined Carbs

Lifestyle changes with living with mild sleep apnea

  • Lose weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink alcohol moderately and not before bedtime
  • Quit smoking

Dr. Stevie DeJuan Springer has a Ph.D. in Business management and a Ph.D. in Exercise Science with a focus in chronic pain, occupational therapy and nutrition. Wise and Well is designed to educate individuals to live healthy by helping to control and combat health and physical ailments through nutrition and physical activity and guidance.

View additional tips on nutritious eating at Wise and Well with Dr. Stevie DeJuan Springer.


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