Can allergies be the reason you snore?
Fall is just around the corner, and for some that means pumpkin spice lattes and walks in the woods to watch the leaves change colors. For others, that means endless sniffling and sneezing – spring is not the only time for allergies. Read on for some more information about allergies and snoring.
Allergies and snoring
Allergens get into the body mainly through the nose, which responds by increasing blood flow and releasing inflammatory molecules, causing nasal passages to swell. This is the body’s attempt to get rid of what it sees as harmful substances, but it mostly leads to allergy symptoms, such as a congested nose. Among the many problems allergies can cause is snoring, as air tries to get through this obstructed airway.
If you are suddenly snoring when you never did before (or you are snoring more), it may be allergies. Another sign that you have allergies is that you suddenly and inexplicably have itchy eyes, headaches, and are sneezing. It’s not just allergens out in the wild that can cause problems, though. You may be allergic to dust or other things inside of your home. Here are some tips for dealing with allergies and sleeping better:
- Try an additional pillow. Elevating your head while sleeping can help to clear the sinuses.
- Get an air purifier for the bedroom. This can help to clear out allergens.
- Get a humidifier. If you always wake up with a dry throat, this may be a sign that the air in your bedroom is too dry. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, which can help to break up mucus in the nose caused by allergies, so that you can breathe easier.
- Make sure you keep your home as dust-free as possible. Vacuum thoroughly and often (you might even consider getting rid of carpet, as dust can easily gather there), wash bedding frequently, and make sure you get rid of dust that may be hiding.
eos dental sleep can determine why you are snoring, and then can offer you solutions for better sleep. Contact the Philadelphia office today at (215) 241-0700 for an appointment!