Brits: Asda Now Sells Pineapple Plants to Stop Your Snoring
Natural treatments are always of interest to the snoring community, who continues to seek out gentler ways to combat this potentially serious issue.
With that in mind, UK grocery chain Asda is selling pineapple plants based on, it says, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)-backed studies reporting that the plant could help combat snoring.
Frustratingly, stopsnoringrx.com has been unable to locate the actual NASA study (or studies), despite dozens of newswire and site links as well as Asda’s own roll-out of the new snoring treatment. However, the store claims placing pineapple plants in one’s sleeping area could be of benefit to snorers.
“According to NASA studies, Pineapple Plants produce oxygen and improve air quality throughout the night and, therefore, aid better (and quieter) sleep,” an Asda spokesperson told reporters.
Besides the health benefits, “…with almost a quarter of Brits regularly sleeping in different rooms due to their partner’s snoring, this could be the bedroom revolution British couples have been waiting for to get them out of prickly night-time situations,” the statement added.
The plants sell for L12 in UK stores.
The Scientific Reasoning
Whatever the actual source of the information, studies have in fact been done that show the pineapple plant helps create oxygen in the air, according to researchers. For oxygen-compromised sleepers, this could be of benefit, Asda no claims.
Snoring can cause a temporary cessation of breathing (Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA) and/or may point to restricted oxygen flow during the muscle relaxation and airway narrowing that can occur during sleep, scientists say.
With more oxygen in the room, some of the negative effects associated with this type and degree of snoring could be lifted, and snoring may even decrease, according to press releases touting the plant as the newest natural remedy for snoring.
Verifying the Data
The news sounds almost too good to be true. Verifying the data is difficult, however, particularly with natural materials (such as plants) which may grow at different levels, be at different health states at different times, and can have other extenuating factors at play.
It’s unlikely that official statements will be made in light of these issues, but since the plant is natural, looks elegant and probably can’t hurt, it may be worth a try, according to promoters of this newest potential anti-snoring treatment.
Increasing Oxygen for Snorers
Of course, the best and most medically-backed way to combat oxygen deprivation due to snoring, particularly if the diagnosis is OSA, is a CPAP machine or other direct oxygen-delivery device. But if you’d like to boost results with your own efforts, try these methods:
- Get more exercise during the day. Over time, exercising makes the heart and lungs more efficient and can tone muscles, including those of the neck and chest, so that breathing is easier at night.
- If you have allergies, address them. Speak to your doctor. Allergies cause inflammation of the airways and can be worse at night.
- Invest in a great humidifier if your room is dry. Dryness is another potential inflammatory issue for sleepers. Make sure the room is humid enough for your lungs to relax and breathe. NOTE: Clean your humidifier REGULARLY per the manufacturer’s instructions as warm moisture can harbor fungus or bacteria over time.
Other Oxygen Quality-Lifting Plants
According to studies, other plants that can help purify the air and improve air quality include:
- Aloe vera
- Dwarf date palm
- Weeping fig
- English ivy
- Areca palm
- Boston fern
- Chinese evergreen
- Lady palm
- Peace lily pider plant