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How can taking charge of your allergies help ease sleep apnea?

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It’s no surprise that sleeping and breathing are harder when you’re stuffed up from nasal allergies.

Picture your airway as a long, muscular tube running from your nose to your windpipe. If your allergies aren’t under control, the tissues of your upper throat swell and make the airway narrow. With less space for air, breathing gets harder.

If you have nasal allergies, talk to your doctor about how to get them under control. It may help to use a neti pot or a saline nasal spray before bed.

SOURCES:

Tuomilehto, H. , October, 2010. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Foster, G. , September 28, 2009. Archives of Internal Medicine

Vakulin, A. , October 6, 2009. Annals of Internal Medicine

Vasquez, M. , October 15, 2008. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Oksenberg, A. November 2006. Laryngoscope,

Sheri Katz, DDS, president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; dentist, Decatur, GA.

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep,” “Sleep Hygiene.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Tuomilehto, H. , October, 2010. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Foster, G. , September 28, 2009. Archives of Internal Medicine

Vakulin, A. , October 6, 2009. Annals of Internal Medicine

Vasquez, M. , October 15, 2008. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

Oksenberg, A. November 2006. Laryngoscope,

Sheri Katz, DDS, president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; dentist, Decatur, GA.

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep,” “Sleep Hygiene.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 06, 2018

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