April 24, 2012 in Features

Earplugs quiet husband’s snoring

Joe Graedon M.S.
 

Q. I snore a lot at night. My wife is always complaining about her sleep being interrupted by my loud snoring.

I recently wore earplugs to bed for another reason, and this had the unintended result of stopping me from snoring. I now wear earplugs to bed every night and no longer snore.

A. We can imagine earplugs helping your wife deal with your snores. How they would stop your snoring is a mystery to us.

Snoring is sometimes a symptom of sleep apnea, which can have serious consequences for health. If your wife agrees that you no longer snore, you need not worry about this. If she still complains, discuss it with your doctor, who may prescribe CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). A new device consists of a nose plug rather than a full-face CPAP mask. Some people find it easier to use to solve their snoring problem.

Q. I suffer from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and am wondering if cinnamon would make it even worse, since it helps diabetics lower their sugar? I certainly do not want my blood glucose any lower!

A. Cinnamon has been suggested as a way for people with type 2 diabetes to help control blood sugar after a meal. A review of research in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (online, Dec. 27, 2011) concluded that “cinnamon has beneficial effects at least on fasting blood glucose.”

We could find no studies on cinnamon lowering blood sugar in people without diabetes. A low-carb diet and frequent high-protein snacks (nuts, cheese, egg, chicken, fish) can keep blood sugar from bouncing around in people with reactive hypoglycemia.

To learn more about a healthy low-carb diet, cinnamon and other foods that can help stabilize blood sugar, we suggest “The People’s Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies,” available in libraries and online (PeoplesPharmacy.com).

There are two kinds of cinnamon. The one that seems to have a beneficial effect on blood sugar is cassia cinnamon, the most common and least expensive type of cinnamon.

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