Getting a good night’s sleep can be a difficult task if you’re dealing with sinus problems. Let’s look at how sinus pain and nasal congestion can affect your sleep, as well as tips to help you get a better night’s rest.
Sinus Problems Can Affect Breathing During Sleep
If you have a sinus infection or other nasal obstruction, it can make it very difficult to breathe through your nose. This means that you often end up breathing through your mouth, which can cause your jaw and tongue to fall back and block your airway, increasing your likelihood of snoring and sleep apnea.
Additionally, research has shown that chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) worsens sleep quality and is strongly associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
Five Tips to Sleep Better When You Have Sinus Pain and Congestion
- Keep nasal passages moist. During the day, consider using a nasal saline spray or neti pot to keep your nasal passages clear. At night you can use a humidifier to prevent dry air from worsening your symptoms.
- Prop your head up when you sleep. To relieve congestion, sleep with your head elevated on a few pillows and do what you can to keep your head above your heart. Lying flat can allow mucus to build up and clog your sinuses, disrupting sleep.
- Consider taking an antihistamine. If your sinus problems are caused by allergies, consider taking an antihistamine before bed. Not only can they help control symptoms like sneezing and runny nose, but certain antihistamines can also make you drowsy, aiding in sleep. You can find over-the-counter options at Katz Pharmacy or other stores in Pennsylvania. However, make sure to talk with your medical provider before taking any new medication.
- Practice good sleep hygiene. Doing things like avoiding caffeine before bed, keeping your bedroom cool and dark and maintaining a regular bed and wake time can help make sleep easier for everyone, including people with sinus pain.
- Visit your doctor. If you are dealing with severe congestion or sinus issues for longer than a week or have accompanying symptoms like a fever, it could be a sign that you have a sinus infection or other issue that requires medical treatment.
Sleep is essential to your overall health and well-being. If sinus problems are keeping you awake, try certain home remedies or visit an ENT provider for more help.
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