Many of us suffer from daytime allergies this time of year. The grass and tree pollen in our part of the state is moderate to high for weeks in a row. We know the effects this has on us during the day, but did you know that pollen can wreak havoc on your sleep causing snoring and exacerbating sleep apnea?
Allergies and Sleep
Nasal congestion is one of the most common symptoms caused by allergens. When we don’t breathe well at night, chances are we are tossing and turning resulting in a miserable night’s sleep. Sufferers of clogged breathing passageways may experience snoring, or in more severe situations, sleep apnea. A poor night’s sleep doesn’t set us up for a good day ahead and what’s more concerning is those of us who develop sleep apnea are dealing with a serious disorder that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Improving Sleeping Conditions
Ways to improve your sleeping conditions during allergy season:
- Take a decongestant at nighttime
- Dust ceiling fans
- Wash bedsheets and pillowcases frequently
- Nasal saline irrigation
- Close your windows
- Raise the head of your bed a few inches
What If That’s Not Enough?
Maybe you’ve tried the most common ways to combat allergies at night, but to no avail? There are plenty of people out there who aren’t alleviated by these tips. Maybe it’s time to visit us to discuss the possibility that you have sleep apnea.
What If It’s Sleep Apnea?
At Asheville Dental, we offer a comfortable alternative to those suffering from sleep apnea. It’s the Mandibular Advancement Splint. Imagine a two-piece mouth guard that tilts your jaw forward, bringing your muscles and tongue along with it to clear the obstruction. It gives you the freedom to drink, roll on your side, and get up without having to remove a mask in the middle of the night.
Don’t let allergies get in the way of your life any more than they have to. If you think you may be snoring or experiencing sleep apnea due to seasonal allergies, call for an appointment. We want you to wake up refreshed from a good night’s sleep regardless of what time of year it is.