Are Your Sinuses Keeping You Up at Night?

Man having trouble sleeping, eyes wide in bed

Do you ever notice that when you get a sinus infection, you feel a little sleepier? You’re not alone. Fatigue is a common symptom of sinusitis — and on top of that, the nasal congestion you feel when you’re under the weather can make sleep harder to come by.

We get it. The uncomfortable feeling of clogged nasal passages can become even more frustrating when your head hits the pillow. So when all is you want is sleep, but it’s just not coming, what are you supposed to do? Try setting up your bedroom as your mini oasis.

  • Fetch an extra pillow. Sleeping with your head elevated can help fluids drain and give you some relief. Be sure to sleep on your back for this one so you don’t contort your neck.
  • Use a dehumidifier on the cool-air setting. Dry air is no one’s friend when it comes to sinusitis. And if your humidifier has multiple temperature settings, choose the cool one. A bedroom temp of 68 to 70 degrees is ideal for sleep, and warmer settings can sometimes bump up the heat.
  • Watch how you wash. When it comes to sheets, thread count isn’t the only important thing. Cleanliness is extra-critical if you’re dealing with sinus problems. Wash your sheets frequently in hot water, and use a plastic mattress cover to fight allergens.

We know everyone’s busy, but it really is important to see an ENT doctor if sinus problems are getting to you — and especially if they’re chronic. Some people who find themselves dealing with fatigue often, for example, actually might be feeling the brunt of sleep apnea.

A good doc should know the right questions to ask to help you get to the bottom of your sinusitis fatigue. So get comfy, try to get some rest, but be sure to contact us.

 

 

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