While snoring may not impact your sleep quality, your snoring may be making it difficult for your partner to sleep through the night. Because there are a number of reasons why you may be snoring, it can be difficult to pinpoint what is causing you to snore. Along with sleeping disorders like sleep apnea, your snoring may be caused by allergies. Although allergies themselves don’t cause snoring, the impact that allergies have on your body can cause or exacerbate snoring symptoms.
Today ApneaMed will discuss what makes allergies cause snoring, what you can do to alleviate the symptoms, and when to seek professional help.
How Allergies Impact Breathing
When you suffer from allergies, you may feel congested. As a result, it can be difficult to breathe comfortably through your nose. Because of this nasal congestion, your airways become blocked by the inflamed air passage. This causes those with allergies to snore throughout the night, and if that individual also has sleep apnea, they’re more likely to experience frequent and longer apneas.
How to Reduce Allergy Symptoms
To alleviate your allergies, such as snoring, there are a few tactics you can follow to reduce your symptoms and prevent sleep-disordered breathing.
- Get a humidifier and air purifier – Allergies are often aggravated by pollutants in the air that you breathe. If your indoor air quality is lacking, you may benefit from an air purifier that can remove pollutants from the air in your home, as well as a humidifier that will add moisture back into the air making it easier to breathe.
- Wash your sheets weekly – How often do you wash your bedsheets? If you suffer from allergies, it can be beneficial to start washing your sheets weekly (or even more frequently) to remove any allergens or dust mites that may be aggravating your airways.
- Shower before going to bed – Instead of tracking pollutants and allergens from outside into your bed, you may want to consider showering before going to sleep. Even if you don’t do a full shower and simply rinse off, it can work wonders in reducing your allergy symptoms.
- Stop allowing pets to sleep with you – If you are an animal lover, you may enjoy having your dogs or cats sleep in bed with you. However, this can be causing your allergies to worsen! Even if you aren’t allergic to your pet, their paws track in allergens from the outside world into your bed.
- Vacuum your home regularly – It is easy for dust, dirt, and allergens to get caught in the carpets and rugs throughout your home. To improve the indoor air quality in your space, vacuum regularly to remove these contaminants.
- Take allergy medicine – Although allergy medicine may make you feel drowsy when you take it during the day, it can be helpful to take it at night to keep you decongested — allowing your airways to stay open and reducing the likelihood of snoring.
While following these tactics to lessen your allergy symptoms can help reduce your snoring, you may not show signs of relief if you are suffering from a breathing disorder such as sleep apnea. If your snoring is persistent and continues after making the recommended changes, it is best to schedule an appointment with a sleep physician who can help you determine the next steps.