Chronic nasal congestion is a problem for many. In fact, research shows it can reduce the length and quality of your sleep as well as promote daytime sleepiness and fatigue.
How to Sleep Better With Chronic Nasal Congestion
If you consistently have trouble breathing at night, you’re not alone.
The Rise in Chronic Nasal Congestion
The rise in chronic nasal congestion is in part due to the increasing incidence of nasal allergies. But it’s not just allergies that have people stuffed up and sleepless—many suffer from chronic congestion due to other conditions, like chronic sinusitis (or rhinosinusitis). Estimated to affect as many as one in four adults worldwide, chronic congestion can be caused by an infection, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps), or a deviated nasal septum.1
The Cost of Congestion
Nasal congestion can significantly impair your quality of life, potentially causing decreased productivity at work or school as well as reduced sleep quality and time spent asleep.1 For these reasons, people with chronic nasal congestion should consider how they breathe as important as a good night’s sleep.
Whether your symptoms are blatant (e.g., you can barely breathe through your nose) or subtle (e.g., you feel fatigued throughout the day), treating nighttime nasal congestion can help you sleep better at night so you can be more productive during the day.
Breathe Better, So You Can Sleep Better
Simple adjustments to your nightly routine can go a long way in helping you breathe and sleep better. In addition to taking your allergy or cold and flu medication, add Breathe Right® nasal strips to your regimen for instant nasal congestion relief. Remember, the key to better sleep is to establish a routine and stick to it.
- Stewart, M., Ferguson, B., & Fromer, L. (2010). Epidemiology and burden of nasal congestion. International Journal of General Medicine, 3, 37–45. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866547/. Retrieved June 20, 2018.