Q&A: I always have sinus congestion when I go to bed?

Question by Anna, Simply.: I always have sinus congestion when I go to bed?
Each time I go to sleep my nose gets suddenly congested, and its really annoying because it keeps me awake and I have trouble breathing…is that a sign of sleep apnea? what can cause this? thanks in advance !
ommg!! thanks, you just made me realize…since it is really getting hot (summer time) I put a fan in my bedroom and start it every night. and I began to have trouble breathing since ive got it in my bedroom! omg im so stupid…xD

Best answer:

Answer by padfootsy
I’m not sure about the sleep apnea, google “sleep apnea symptoms” and you should get a fair list.

Do you sleep with a fan on? I know that happens if I do. Do you have allergies? Perhaps you’re allergic to the down in your pillows, or something that comes in through your bedroom window.

Buy some Vics vapor rub, and some over the counter cold/sinus medicine, and if it continues for more than a week, make an appointment to see your doctor.

Also, when i had similar symptoms, where I would go to bed fine, and then wake up with a stuffy nose and a sore throat, my doctor told me to buy allergy medicine, and take it for a month to see if it helped. If it did help, to then stop taking it to see if the symptoms returned.

What do you think? Answer below!

Obstructive Sleep Apnea …. A Matter of Life and Death

The first question to ask yourself is â??Do I snore?â?? If the answer is yes, the possibility of having Obstructive Sleep Apnea is high. It is estimated that more than 12 million Americans have Sleep Apnea. And of those 12 million more than 80 to 90 percent go undiagnosed. If you think you might fall into this category I strongly suggest you contact a dentist that is knowledgeable and has experience treating OSA.

OSA is characterized by repeated episodes of reduction or cessation in breathing during sleep which is caused when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. These episodes can sometimes occur up to a hundred times a night and can last for a minute or more. Loud snoring is just one sign of OSA others include, abrupt awakening accompanied by shortness of breath, morning headaches and difficulty staying asleep.

We now know what OSA is and its symptoms, but the most important question is who is at risk. This disorder is found to be more common in males that are overweight and over the age of forty. OSA is more commonly diagnosed among the elderly, but this is not to say the young cannot suffer from it as well. Another important factor is the size of your neck. Males who have a neck size 17 inches or greater and women whose necks are 16 inches or greater are more commonly at risk. This disorder can also be associated with family history and people with large tonsils.

Complications from OSA include, high blood pressure, heart disease, risk for stroke and an increased risk for early death. Other side effects can be poor performance in everyday activities, such as work and school.

There are different treatments that range from conservative measures to more invasive procedures. Losing weight, stop smoking and changing your sleeping position are a few of the less invasive. Another option is the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). This treatment involves a mask that is worn over the nose and/or mouth while you sleep. It is attached to a machine that carries a continuous flow of air into the nostrils. This treatment is effective, however, many patients find this to be very cumbersome and remove it during the middle of the night. Obviously when this happens they are putting themselves at risk. We have found that dental appliances are having a very high success rate. These appliances, SomnoDent Flax, help to move the mandible (the lower jaw); keeping the airway open while you are asleep.

If you are unsure if you have OSA, there is a new device that can help determine if you are a candidate. The device, The Watch Pac, is a non invasive device that is placed on your wrist with a lead plate attached to your finger and worn overnight as you sleep. This monitors the apnea/hypopnea, repertory disturbance, oxygen desturation index and your REM sleep stage (Rapid Eye Movement). When possible to look at all these factors we are able to determine which is the best form of treatment.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is treatable. Dentistry plays a major role in sleep medicine. If you think you or a loved one might suffer from OSA it is important to look into your all of the options. It can save a life. And remember dentistry can be the portal for you to get started on your way to a better nights sleep.

Dr. Giesler is a cosmetic dentist in Atlanta, GA. She’s a master dentist of Academy of General Dentistry and a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Signs in Children

Sleep apnea symptoms in children are sometimes hard to determine. Sleep apnea disorder is common to adult males but women and children can also have it. Children as young as age 3 can have sleep apnea.

A growing child can experience different bodily and behavioral changes, and this is normal. One of the things you will notice in some children with sleep apnea is that they snore. Between 3-12% of children normally snore. However, snoring is also the number one sleep apnea symptom. It is sometimes hard to tell if a child’s snoring is normal or a symptom of sleep apnea. What you can do is to observe the other symptoms or indicator of this sleep disorder.

Your child could have sleep apnea symptoms if the snoring is accompanied by pauses in breathing. It is then followed by snorts or gasps for air. This is known to be an apnea attack. It is also a type of sleep apnea called obstructive sleep apnea. From the word ‘obstructive’, it indicates that there is an impediment in the child’s air passage. This obstruction blocks the air passage and prevents air from entering the lungs. The pauses in breathing happen when air stops entering the lungs. The snorts occur when the child tries to regain his or her breath and gasps for air. Children who breathe through the mouth while asleep is also a sign of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea symptoms can vary depending on the cause. If your child is overweight, fatty tissues in the neck area narrows the airways or blocks the air passage. If your child is underweight, it could be other factors such as large tonsils or irregular facial structure. Some children are born with small jaws or small airways. Some obstructions can be caused by nasal obstructions like a deviated septum. Having large tonsils and adenoids removed through surgery are common treatments for most children with sleep apnea.

In worst cases, these apnea attacks can happen more than a hundred times a night. Just imagine your child struggling unconsciously to breathe every night while sleeping. These apnea episodes prevent your child from getting a good quality of sleep.

Poor quality of sleep hinder a child’s development. They are not only sleep deprived but also life deprived. Sleep apnea symptoms show children who are very sleepy during the day and have trouble concentrating. Because of this, they tend to do poorly in school. When it comes to their behavior, they are often irritable, unusually active or aggressive and experiences depression. For older children, symptoms include bedwetting, excessive perspiration and night terrors.

The good news here is that sleep apnea has a cure. If you find any of these symptoms, bring your child to the doctor as soon as possible.Once the doctor confirms the symptoms, you might be referred to a sleep specialist. A pediatric sleep doctor will recommend the treatment. Getting your child treated for sleep apnea will improve your child’s behavior. It will also enhance your child’s performance in school. Overall, it will give your child a better quality of life.

Get to know more about sleep apnea and its symptoms at Sleep Apnea Revealed ( http://sleepapnearevealed.com/sleep-apnea-dossier/ ). Knowing is just half the battle, so you better get started and help your loved ones live better.

Ken has a background in owning and running a small business focused IT service firm.  His passion is to help others that suffer from sleep disorders, including sleep apnea which he also suffers from.

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