Seasonal changes can play havoc with your sinuses. Rather than enjoying the clement weather, some people find themselves sneezing and wheezing and struggling to sleep.
Studies have shown that allergic rhinitis disrupts sleep and can contribute to snoring – most notably in spring and early autumn.
The reason for seasonal allergies is due to changes in the temperature, pollen production, airborne mould spores and humidity, all of which can irritate your nasal passages and cause the airways to become narrowed or blocked.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis develops when the immune system is sensitive to airborne irritants and overreacts.
People that also suffer from allergies to perfumes, certain foods, textiles and chemical substances often find their snoring worsens during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.
Snoring is also typically worsened due to the build-up of dust spores, pet dander and mould around the house.
For snorers that suffer from seasonal allergies, disrupted sleep patterns can pose a major problem – for you and your partner. The good news is, seasonal snoring can be remedied.
What causes seasonal snoring?
Allergens cause your nasal passages to swell thus restricting the airflow. This makes it harder to breath and can cause snoring once you fall to sleep.
In addition, the discomfort experienced by allergy sufferers may disrupt sleeping patterns. Other symptoms to look out for include sneezing, sinus pressure, headaches, itchy, red eyes, sore throat and a runny or congested nose.
Furthermore, as irritants invade the airways, they trigger the mucous membrane in your nose and your body releases histamine in an attempt to combat pollutants.
During the day, when you’re in a standing position, the mucous drains through your sinus cavities. When you’re laying in bed at night, however, the mucous shifts upwards and clogs your airways.
However, the real issue that prompts snoring is caused by the congestion in your airways due to inflammation in the nose and increased histamine levels.
Given the relationship between respiration and sleep, it follows that allergens that typically surface during seasonal changes will cause snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
If you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, your airways already become blocked overnight. Because snoring and OSA are intrinsically linked, allergies that constrict the airways are likely to make snoring significantly worse.
This can pose a real problem. Occasionally, during sleep, the muscles that hold the airway open in the throat flop shut and cause strenuous breathing which prompts a variety of snoring and snorting sounds.
Such jarring episodes can disturb your sleep if you are only in a light stage of REM. Studies have shown that poor sleep in general, such as insomnia and frequent waking, can also worsen snoring.
Snoring patterns will be configured in relation to stages of sleep and the position of your head. The SnoreWizard Goodnight Pillow allows your spine to rest in a natural position and influence respiratory distress which considerably reduces snoring. You’ll also be pleased to note the Goodnight Pillow is non-allergenic.