Are Sinus Problems Making Me Snore?

Are Sinus Problems Making Me Snore?

snoring-and-sinus-problemsDoes getting a good night’s sleep seem…well, like a far-off dream? In some cases, a sinus infection might be to blame. Surprised? Sinus problems and snoring are related, which can cause a host of issues — whether you’re dealing with snoring personally or sharing a bed with someone who is.

The connection between sinus problems and snoring is simple. Swollen or blocked nasal passages, which are common during sinus infections, can lead to trouble breathing, and in turn, snoring.

Unfortunately, snoring is all too common. About 45 percent of adults in the U.S. snore occasionally, about one-quarter snore regularly. If you’re not sure whether you snore, you can look out for symptoms like these:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches early in the day
  • Irritability
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble focusing on work

Although sinus infections are a common culprit when it comes to snoring, they’re not the only cause. Nasal polyps, a deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils, allergies, obesity and lifestyle-related causes such as smoking can also cause sleep problems.

From our own Dr. Robert Pincus:

“While sinusitis, nasal polyps or a deviated septum often cause snoring, they rarely will be the only cause of significant sleep apnea. Sleep apnea generally is the result of a full base of the tongue falling back and blocking the airway when sleeping.”

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If you know you’re snoring — or if you suspect you are — then talking to a doctor could be helpful. First, a doctor can offer personal recommendations on treating the root cause. And second, a doc can help you determine if your symptoms are related to a more serious condition, like sleep apnea. (You can take our sleep apnea questionnaire here.)

Need an opinion on what to do about your snoring?

We’re here to help you find a solution, whether a sinus problem is to blame or not. Come by for a consultation when you need advice.

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