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The Link Between Milk and Snoring

Snoring, the sound made when air passes through a partially obstructed airway, can be caused by many different things. Some snoring is caused by obesity, some is caused by alcohol, and some can even be caused by dairy products. If you snore, determining the cause can help you find a cure.

Many people don’t know it, but their snoring is caused by dairy products, and of these most often anything made from cow’s milk. Cow’s milk increases many people’s mucus production, which can be the cause of many respiratory problems. If you snore you may want to reduce if not eliminate dairy products from your diet to see if this has an affect on your snoring.

If dairy products have an effect on your mucus production you could be slightly milk intolerant. During waking hours excess mucus can be rid from your body by sneezing and blowing your nose. However, when you are asleep the mucus remains in areas where you have mucus membranes, specifically the nose and upper throat. This buildup in your upper throat can cause you to snore by creating an obstruction.

Many people snack on dairy products such as cheese or have a glass of milk near bedtime. This can definitely increase mucus production in those that have an intolerance. Cutting out dairy may be the cure you need for snoring. Just remember to take care to replace vitamins and nutrients lost from a lack of dairy in your diet. Keep in mind that removing dairy from your diet may not have an immediate effect on snoring; it may take up to a month for you to notice any effects.

See your doctor if you have a snoring problem so they can rule out dangerous conditions such as sleep apnea. If you do intend to reduce or eliminate dairy you may want to speak with a nutritionist about alternatives for calcium and other vitamins we get from dairy. Soy milk is a great alternative for anyone trying to eliminate dairy from their diet.

Thomas Wilson writes about how to stop snoring for the Snoring Solutions website. Sign up for our free newsletter at