Though undoubtedly linked to snoring and sleep apnea, sinus issues bring their own mess of sleep problems. Allergies and infections can lead to swelling in your nose and sinuses, producing more mucus, increasing pain and pressure, and making it difficult to breathe through your nasal passage. And the more difficult it is, the more likely you are to breathe through your mouth and, ultimately, snore. But fear not: you can start to stifle your sniffles with these tips:
- Decrease allergens in your sleep environment. Use an air filter, invest in mattress and pillow protectors, keep your sheets clean, and, as hard as it might be, keep the pets off the bed.
- Though more natural solutions are preferred, antihistamines and nasal sprays can be game changers in decreasing your allergy symptoms and easing you into sleep come bedtime.
- Keep your bedroom air moist by using a humidifier. Dry air can irritate the insides of your throat and nose.
- Keeping your head elevated will decrease blood flow to the nose and help unclog nasal passages. One way to accomplish this? An adjustable base, of course! Adjustable bases allow you to elevate your head, opening your windpipe and easing airflow. Ergonomic positioning allows you to sleep comfortably, relieving stress from your pressure points and encouraging restorative sleep.
With any luck, you’ve found some small way to help you sleep better at night. If your issues persist, it may be time to see a doctor for a professional opinion. But if your issues can be fixed with a sleep solution, we’ve got you covered. Visit a conveniently located Sleep Outfitters near you today!