Often when we get a sinus infection it can increase the chances of snoring or make it worse if you are already a snorer. Because a sinus infection can be painful and interrupt your sleep it is important to get medical treatment from a physician to ensure that you get rid of the sinus infection quickly before it worsens.
How To Alleviate An Infection
Many times you can alleviate the effects of the sinus infection by simply doing what the doctor says – take your medications prescribed by the physician or use decongestants to combat the effects. Before bedtime, take a warm bath or shower so that the moisture of the hot water will help to drain the sinuses and get rid of the mucus buildup.
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The use of nasal rinses that will flush out mucus, pollutants, and allergens and will help to clear the passages. Another recommendation is to use a nasal dilator strip that will open up the nostrils and ease the snoring. The strip is placed over the bridge of the nose and comes in a menthol formulation which will also aid in clearing the sinuses.
Sleep Position That Help
Sleep with your head raised at least 4 inches so that the drainage from your sinuses will not send mucus down your throat to block the air passages thereby contributing to snoring and restless sleep and discomfort. Sleeping on your side will help to align the muscles of your throat and neck which will ease the snoring as well.
The clearing or alleviation of clogging of your nasal passages will allow you to continue to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth which also contributes to snoring. When your nose is full of mucus it narrows the airways with resultant snoring. The more you can do to reduce the sinus infection and its symptoms the less chance you will have of sinus infection snoring and having restless sleep. Hopefully then you'll have a better and sounder sleep.