Does Your Snoring Get Worse In The Summer?
It is estimated that over 13 million people in the UK suffer from allergies such as hay fever. That could be bad news for you and your partner because hay fever can aggravate snoring.
According to the Sleep Foundation, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is linked with allergic rhinitis – a condition caused by indoor and outside allergens. Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis.
The summer is the worst time of year for allergy sufferers. Allergens found in pollen, moulds, dust mites and pet dander trigger a chemical release in the body that causes nasal congestion.
In turn, nasal congestion contributes to snoring. An inflamed nose makes breathing more difficult which often means people tend to sleep with their mouth open – which subsequently encourages snoring.
How Does Hay Fever Impact Snoring?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to airborne pollen – which is naturally more prevalent during the summer months. The reaction is actually a response from the immune system to help fight potential infections.
The cells that are called upon to fight infection, flood your upper airways with molecules that cause inflammation and restrict the space in the nasal passage. The inflamed space makes it more difficult to breathe through your nose.
When people with hay fever try to sleep, your throat becomes dry becomes air is not being absorbed through the nose. When you inhale, the air causes the soft tissues at the back of your throat to vibrate.
As you slip from light sleep to deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth and throat relax. Your tongue slips further back into your mouth. All these factors contribute to blocking your airways and causing the soft tissues to vibrate.
Because hay fever causes nasal congestion, people that suffer from allergens are more likely to snore. The vibrating tissues make your snoring louder.
How To Remedy Summer Snoring
Although symptoms of rhinitis allergens may be evident all year round, the explosion of pollen and moisture in the air heighten the effects.
It has been suggested that reducing the number of allergens around the house will help to manage hay fever. Investing in a dehumidifier reduces the amount of moisture in the air and regular hoovering eliminates dust mites, pollen and other indoor allergens that lurk in the carpets.
The better option, however, is the Snorewizard Mouthpiece which prevents soft tissues from vibrating and allows you to breathe more naturally. This advanced device is a far more cost-effective solution than buying a dehumidifier and does not require any effort – unlike hoovering every day.
The Snorewizard Mouthpiece is a soft plastic palette which lowers jaw slightly and opens the airways at the back of the throat. It’s ready to use straight out the box and is proven to reduce or completely stop tissues from vibrating.
If you suffer from summer allergens, don’t make your night’s sleep even more restless by snoring. You will probably keep your partner awake as well – then both of you will be feeling miserable and grumpy.