When your nose is stuffy, a good night’s sleep can be hard to achieve. When a stuffy nose is caused by chronic or recurring cases of sinusitis, difficulty sleeping can go hand in hand with snoring too. Between the two conditions, people who suffer from chronic sinusitis and snoring very often feel as though they haven’t slept at all. This lack of restful sleep can impact the entire quality of your life, as it results in additional emotional and physical consequences.
In this blog, the ENT doctors specializing in sinus treatment at DFW Sinus Select will address the connection between sinusitis and snoring and explain how you can find relief.
What is chronic sinusitis?
The sinus cavities are air-filled chambers located behind your eyes, cheeks and forehead. The cavities are lined with a thin mucous membrane layer. Together with the tiny hairs, called cilia, that cover their surface, healthy sinuses are able to trap foreign particles and naturally rid the nose of impurities. However, when mucus production in the nose increases or becomes thick, as with an allergic reaction or cold, it becomes difficult for the sinuses to drain properly. This disruption in proper drainage can result in inflammation, causing sinus pain and pressure. This is called sinusitis. When this condition lasts for several months or longer, or you experience it four or more times within a year, it is considered chronic. In addition to the discomfort felt during the daytime, sinusitis can severely impact your nighttime sleep.
Why does sinusitis cause snoring?
Besides the sinus pressure and pain that can manifest in the face, the main symptom of sinusitis is an over-abundance of thick yellowish or green mucus. In addition to filling the sinuses, this mucus can also congest your nasal passages. This makes it very difficult to breathe through your nose. As air tries to navigate through the mucus, it creates the snoring sound, disrupting not only those around you, but also impacting your own sleep quality, regardless of whether you hear your snoring or not.
Antibiotics or over-the-counter medications are all that some patients need to relieve their symptoms and get back to breathing freely. Propping your head up while sleeping and making sure you don’t lie face down can also help, as can avoiding certain triggers. Unfortunately, for many people, the chronic condition is not helped by traditional means and requires a more involved treatment from a Dallas/Fort Worth ENT who specializes in sinus treatment.
Where can I find treatment for sinusitis and snoring in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
Fortunately, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to DFW Sinus Select, a medical practice dedicated to the care, diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the nose and sinuses. Our ENT specialists offer numerous treatment options, such as Balloon Sinuplasty, that can take care of both the chronic sinusitis and snoring.
In order to receive treatment, the first step is a thorough exam to identify what is causing your particular sinus issues. An initial exam is necessary to find out whether your sinusitis is caused by something as simple as a narrow sinus opening or if there are other physical causes involved, such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps. Whatever the cause, the treatment options are quite often minimally invasive procedures that can have you back to your normal activities in a day or two, with little discomfort.
To find out how much your sinus problem may be impacting the quality of your life, take our Sinus Evaluation Quiz. Then set up an appointment for an evaluation by one of our experienced sinus specialists. We have numerous offices located throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area to make it easy to find a location close to your home or work. Our sinus specialists are here to help make your life easier and less painful. Get started today by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.