When you’re sleeping, some of your body’s main defensive capabilities are at rest, such as your sneeze and cough reflexes. This reduction in defense can have a huge impact on the sleeping patterns of people with allergies and can cause frequent waking during the night. Many people who suffer from moderate to severe allergies struggle with daily symptoms of the condition whenever allergens strike, so sleep interruptions during the night that rob you of sleep can be even more detrimental.
Allergies can also impact the way you breathe by compromising the airways causing snoring and sleep apnea whenever allergens are present. This condition is called allergic rhinitis and is characterized by inflamed nasal passages. Depending on your allergy triggers, it may be near impossible to avoid allergens as you sleep so the impact of allergic rhinitis on your sleep health and oxygen intake can be significant.
The prolonged effect of sleep issues caused by allergic rhinitis can result in lowered cognitive ability, compromised memory function, and depression. Children with parents who suffer from allergic rhinitis have about a 70% chance of developing the condition.
Allergy induced sleep condition symptoms
- Snoring / snorting during sleep
- Night nasal congestion
- Mouth breathing
- Cognitive decline
- Hyper and irritable behavior
How do my allergies impact my sleep?
Flare-ups of allergic rhinitis during sleep rob your body of vital oxygen and rest. The condition can cause intermittent to chronic insomnia and chronic fatigue. Sleep issues caused by allergic rhinitis have a direct negative effect on your heart, brain and kidney function and can leave you vulnerable to stroke, heart attack and diabetes.
Why are my allergies worse at night?
More than 2/3 of people suffering from allergies report an interruption in sleep resulting from the worsening symptoms of the condition. First, pollen levels rise during the night and can trigger allergic rhinitis. Your sheets and bed coverings also hold hidden allergic rhinitis triggers so, as you sleep at night things like dust mites and pet dander can interrupt your sleep.
Is there effective treatment for allergy-induced sleep conditions?
Yes! At Breathe Well Central Oregon, we specialize in offering patients a natural and surgery-free path to sleeping well and breathing well. Our allergy-induced sleep condition treatment program utilizes Craniofacial Epigenetics and Pneumopedics® science to develop customized solutions for your unique needs. Using thorough diagnostics, oral appliance therapy, and myofunctional therapy, Dr. Hester reduces and eliminates allergy-induced sleep condition symptoms and increases regular deep sleep. There is effective treatment available for allergy-induced sleep conditions, become a Breathe Well Central Oregon success story today.