Can Sinus Issues Affect Your Sleep?

Can Sinus Issues Affect Your Sleep?

by Kassandra Silva (SU)

Have you ever suddenly awakened in the middle of the night, gasping for air? If so, then it could be caused by sinus inflammation and congestion. The sinuses are open areas surrounding the nose that provide a film of protective mucus for the nose.

An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor can evaluate the cause behind these breathing issues and give you a solution that works for you. Addressing any issues due to the sinuses and snoring – and not ignoring them – is crucial to your overall health, because they may be negatively affecting your breathing while you sleep.

Let’s talk about how the sinuses support your nose and breathing, how sinus inflammation can interrupt your sleep, and where you can go here in the Greater Austin area for an expert ENT medical assessment and treatment of your breathing or sleeping problems.

How Sinus Problems Can Interfere with Sleeping

If you have a stuffy nose that doesn’t improve, you might have chronic sinus inflammation – also called sinusitis. A sinus infection can cause sinusitis, in which case your sinuses become inflamed and fluids can build up in the sinuses and in the adjacent nasal passages. These fluids normally drain out naturally, but if they do not drain, then the act of lying down can contribute to pressure buildup in your face and nasal passages.

Some of the most common symptoms of sinus infections include the following:

●      Runny nose

●      Stuffy nose

●      Headache

●      Facial pain

●      Sore throat

●      Cough

Sinus issues can not only disrupt your sleep but can also aggravate other sleeping disorders you may have, such as sleep apnea. 

Sinuses and Snoring

Snoring can occur when the tissues in your throat relax while you’re lying down. This causes your airways to become narrow, which restricts airflow as you breathe. Similarly, sinus infections and sinusitis can cause nasal congestion, which makes you keep your mouth open while sleeping in order to breathe; however, this can also cause snoring.

Sleep and Sinus Specialist in Austin, Texas

If you are suffering from sleepless nights and daytime sleepiness due to snoring, sinus problems, or sleep apnea, the experienced medical team at Snoring Austin is here for you. Our ENT doctors have extensive training and years of experience in helping people with sleeping disorders like snoring and sleep apnea, and we can give you a full ear-nose-throat evaluation and explain all of your options.

The sinuses are a cryptic area of the body that can seem difficult to control, but there are minimally invasive medical techniques and medications that can help you find relief and better breathing.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our top-notch ENT doctors here at Snoring Austin, contact our friendly staff today by calling our Austin office at (512) 872-3397 or our Lakeway office at (512) 961-6311. You can also fill out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you get a better night’s sleep every night!