ASK THE EXPERTS: What is the effect of nasal problems on my sleep?

Over the years, we’ve gotten many frequently asked questions from our patients, so we’ve decided to take some time to answer a couple for your benefit. So, you “asked the experts” and here are our answers!

How are you supposed to get quality sleep when you are having sinus problems? Things such as allergies, sinus infections, and other causes of nasal obstruction can make breathing difficult – especially at night.

The importance of breathing through your nose versus your mouth is to warm, filter, and moisten the air before it is taken in by your lungs. The obstruction of this process may result in higher levels of sleep disturbances which are no good.

Additionally, breathing through your mouth can result in more issues because of the possibility of the jaw or tongue falling back and blocking the airway which can increase the likelihood of sleep apnea and snoring.

There are certain steps you can take to get a better night’s sleep such as cutting down on allergy exposures, sleeping in cooler temperatures, and making sure your bedroom is as dark as can be – all of which can have an effect on the quality of sleep you are getting. Thankfully, you don’t have to tackle nasal problems alone. At Wyoming Otolaryngology, we work with our patients to diagnose various nasal issues and find a solution for long-term success.

Contact us today to learn more!