Many people with allergies also snore, because the nasal congestion from allergies can block the nasal passages and lead to breathing through the mouth at night.
Snoring at night usually results from not being able to move air freely through your nose and throat. This makes the surrounding tissues in your mouth and throat vibrate, which produces the not-so harmonious snoring sound.
Almost everyone snores every so often, but for some people it can be a persistent problem. In addition, it may also indicate a serious health condition and can contribute to other health problems, like high blood pressure and daytime sleepiness. Most importantly, snoring can be an annoyance to your partner!
If allergies are causing or making your snoring worse, here are a few simple things that may help your allergies better:
- Consider a nasal spray before going to bed. Even a non-medicated saline spray, which is primarily salt water, can temporarily cleanse your nasal passages.
- Close your bedroom windows. In case your symptoms are from allergies, letting all that pollen through the window onto your bed can make symptoms worse. See our guide on allergy-proofing your bedroom.
- Try our DIY dust mite cover. In case this is a dust mite allergy, dust mite covers can help prevent symptoms. In case you are not sure if this is the case, try our trick of a make-shift dust mite cover. Place a towel on your pillow that you change every 2-3 days. For more information on dust mite allergies, check out this.