Drifting off to sleep should feel as relaxing as floating on a raft in lazy waters. But for many, it feels like a rough ride on turbulent rapids—plunged underwater, gasping for breath, feeling suffocated. This is chronic nighttime congestion.
The toll of nighttime congestion goes beyond a minor annoyance that leads to crummy sleep. It can wreak havoc on your body, mental stamina and overall health. And the real surprise: finding relief doesn’t have to be a struggle. Let’s uncover the hidden dangers of this frustrating condition and guide you to much calmer waters.
Absolutely. Nighttime congestion negatively impacts your sleep quality. Thus, you’re not getting the healthy, restorative sleep your organs, brain and body are depending on. Now, temporary causes like a cold can be treated with over-the-counter medication, but the chronic nighttime congestion might signal serious Breathing Triangle issues like:nasal obstruction, enlarged turbinates, obstructive sleep apnea, chronic sinusitis, rhinitis or allergies. These not only deprive you and your household of restful sleep, but can also lead to long-term health problems:
likeNighttime congestion impacts the quality of your sleep, which is vital for your overall health and wellbeing. Simple solutions exist to unblock your clogged nose so you can breathe freely day and night.
It all starts with your Breathing Triangle: the two sides of your nose and throat. If any one of these passages are compromised, it can make life miserable and lead to many other downstream issues like sinus headaches, snoring or sleep apnea.
First, we listen. At your new patient appointment, you’ll discuss your symptoms and goals with a Sleep & Sinus Specialist. You’ll also get a thorough Breathing Triangle Evaluation to help identify any underlying issues.
Depending on your symptoms you may get an in-office CT scan or home sleep study to better understand the source of your nighttime congestion.
We offer several simple in-office treatment options to ensure you have a healthy Breathing Triangle. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be a candidate for: Balloon Sinuplasty, Turbinate Reduction, Nasal Cryotherapy, Nasal Valve Repair, Septoplasty, Polypectomy or Allergy Drop Immunotherapy.
A stuffed up nose results from inflammation to the lining of your nose and sinuses, a blockage in the nose, or both. Mucus builds up and the sinuses can’t drain it out, so you’re left with congestion. Lying down, especially flat, makes the fluid buildup feel worse.
For starters, you won’t get the consistent, quality sleep you need each night for optimal health. Your blocked nose may also mean that you snore, which can keep others around you from sleeping soundly at night, too. Not getting enough sleep or fragmented sleep can cause cognitive, productivity, metabolic, and hormonal issues.
If the root cause of your nighttime congestion is something more serious like sleep apnea, your risk for chronic health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure increases; you could also suffer from erectile dysfunction, anxiety, stroke, and higher overall mortality rate.
Allergies can cause nighttime congestion. Our nose is the first-line defense of our immune system, as it filters everything we breathe in and out of the body. We breathe in allergens when we inhale, and this happens during the day and at night. If the pollutant that you’re allergic to gets inhaled at night (for example, dust mites in your bedroom), you’ll experience nasal congestion, runny nose, and possibly a cough from postnasal drip.
Treatment depends on the cause of your nighttime congestion. If you have a temporary condition that causes congestion like a cold, flu, or infection, you may experience enough symptom relief from medication, irrigating the nose and sinuses, or a nasal decongestant so you can rest.
If you have an ongoing issue like allergies, enlarged turbinates, sinus infections or a nasal obstruction that’s causing your nighttime congestion, you’ll only know for sure if you see a medical specialist. At ADVENT, we have simple in-office solutions to help relieve your nighttime congestion. Potential treatments for nighttime congestion include Allergy Drop Immunotherapy, Nasal Cryotherapy, Balloon Sinuplasty, Turbinate Reduction, Nasal Valve Repair, and Septoplasty might help you breathe freely.
ADVENT is the only medical practice of its kind that focuses solely on The Breathing Triangle®: the two sides of your nose and throat. We look at and correct both anatomical and lining issues in these areas and we’ve pioneered simple in-office solutions to ensure long-term relief from nighttime congestion.
"Many people are not aware of their nighttime congestion. If you are waking up with a dry mouth or throat, you are probably sleeping with your mouth open because your nose is congested. ADVENT offers in-office procedures to help improve nighttime congestion"
"Many times patients have tried over the counter nasal sprays to help with nighttime congestion. Sometimes these provide temporary relief but most often patients continue to struggle to breathe out of their nose at night. We evaluate what the nose looks like by physical exam, scope, and imaging. Many times the turbinate structures in the nose are enlarged. These structures have blood vessels in them. When you lay down at night, blood pools in the nose and these structures enlarge. When this happens, the airflow through the nose is decreased and you feel congested. We can shrink down these structures to get patients more space in their nose. That way when you lay down at night there will still be some swelling that will happen but it will not shut off the nose."
"ADVENT approaches the treatment of nighttime congestion differently than other ENT clinics by addressing the root-cause. Instead of offering band-aid fixes like nasal sprays and nasal strips, we are able to perform turbinate reduction, a simple in-office procedure that addresses the anatomical issue causing the congestion in the first place."