Allergies And Snoring
Allergies And Snoring
I bet you weren’t aware that allergies could be causing your snoring, were you? The link between allergies and snoring is well established. Even though you may not be aware of it, you may have allergies to things in your bedroom that are causing your snoring. Getting rid of the allergens in your sleep area may be all you need to do to relieve your snoring.
Even if you don’t typically notice any allergic reactions when you are awake, they can happen when you sleep. Typically when we sleep, we breath more deeply, so allergens may be inhaled deeper during sleep than during the day. So if you have a snoring problem keep reading to see if one of these common causes may be causing you to snore. If you find that it is, getting rid of the allergens may be a simple and effective way to give your spouse some relief.
Do you allow your dog or cat to sleep in the bed with you? Do they typically sleep in your room? We all know the dog gets blamed for everything, right? Well, in this case, it may be true that the dog or cat is to blame. Many people develop allergies to pet dander that can show up when they sleep. Even if you don’t have the itchy, watery eyes and nasal congestion during the day around your pet, allowing them to sleep with you can allow the dander to build up in the room you sleep in. This, in turn, can cause allergy symptoms while you sleep that can contribute to snoring. If your sinuses clog during the night you are more prone to mouth breathing, which is more likely to cause you to snore.
We all know you aren’t going to get rid of your beloved pet. But it might be wise to banish them from the bedroom. If you can’t do that, you should get an air filter to run in the room to help clean up airborne allergens. You might find after cleaning the filter the first time that there are way more allergens in the air than you realized.
Allergies to certain pollens are common and most people that have pollen allergies know they are allergic. But most don’t make the connection between pollen and snoring. I bet you didn’t consider how much pollen can collect in your hair during the day while you are out and about. The pollen in your hair will be transferred to your pillow during the night and will build up over time between washings of your bed linens. During the night you breathe in the pollen and allergic reactions are the result. The solution is to wash your hair before bedtime. Clean your bed linens well and wash your hair prior to going to bed and see if that doesn’t relieve your snoring problem.
Creams & Lotions
Many people, especially women, apply creams and lotions to the skin before bed to help with the skin. But these very creams and lotions can also cause allergic reactions in ourselves or those sleeping in the bed with us. This can also be a cause of snoring you may not have even considered. Try removing the creams or lotions from your bedtime routine for a few nights and see if that helps. If the snoring ceases, you might need to look for a different cream or lotion that is hypoallergenic to prevent problems.
You may want to consider that your choice of laundry detergent can also be a cause of snoring. Keeping your sheets clean is a great strategy for preventing allergic reactions, but your detergent can also be a cause of those same allergic reactions. Try making the switch to a hypoallergenic detergent that is made for sensitive skin and see if that could be the cause of your snoring. It might surprise you to find out that the detergent you are using to wash your bed linens in is the cause of your snoring.
If you already know you have allergies, it is a good idea to purchase a high-quality air filter to run in your bedroom at night. You may find that it is just what you need to relieve your allergies and snoring. Running a filter for a few nights could let you see a big improvement in how you feel when you wake up each morning.