Chronical clogged nose is preventing a good sleep at night. Any advice?
June 10, 2010 7:22 AM Subscribe
Chronical clogged nose is preventing proper breathing at night. Any advice?
posted by Matrod to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My problem is simple: every night I have my nose clogged, no matter how many times I try to clean it, it remains "mucus free" only for a short period of time. Sometimes when I blow it, it feels that it´s extremely dry (nothing comes out). I don´t have any conditions related to this, like asthma, sinusitis or similar. The problem gets worse in spring (right now), so it may be related to some allergy (I´ve got vaccinated against Grass Allergy some years ago), but during the day I don´t have specially problematic symptoms. I can breathe more or less normally.
But at night, when I lie down, the nose gets clogged again. I tried using some camomila tea to clean the nostrils and nose with a syringe, taking anti-histaminics, using Breath-Right nasal strips, a special pillow (Tempurpedic), but nothing works. Some days I woke up literally breathless, and my mouth has been wide open during the night, with all the expected consequences: sore throat, extreme dryness, etc. It´s worth mentioning that I cannot rest properly and right now I´m kind of afraid of going to sleep at night...
I only get some relief if I try to sleep a little bit in a seated position, helped by a big cushion, but it´s very uncomfortable in the long run. When I´m standing, the problem goes away a little bit (When I woke up in the mornings, some minutes are necessary for the nose to "unclog" by itself). It seems that one or in the worst days, both of the "holes" of the nose are clogged.
The humidity in our house stays around 40-60%, so this is not the problem. I drink plenty of water during the day and avoid caffeine, alcohol and sweets two or three hours before going to sleep.
I´m running out of ideas here. Any help would be greatly appreciated!