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I Snore. Could It Be Allergies?

I Snore. Could It Be Allergies?

Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
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Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.
Written by:
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
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Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson is a freelance writer, Certified Medical Assistant, and Nationally Registered EMT with 8+ years of clinical experience across multiple specialties. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Katelyn is an advocate for providing patient education in an approachable way through online resources.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.