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How To Sleep With Sinusitis

If you’ve ever suffered from sinusitis, you’ll understand the misery it causes. Inflammation of the sinuses can lead to thick nasal mucus, pain in your face and a splitting headache among other symptoms. During the day the pain can be extremely uncomfortable, but it’s sleeping with a sinus infection that can cause you real problems.

In this blog post we’re looking at how to sleep with sinusitis and dealing with nasal congestion when sleeping.

Advice on how to sleep with sinusitis

Whether your sinusitis is caused by infection, allergies such as pollen, pet hair or dust mite allergy, or environmental pollutants like cigarette smoke or air pollution, here are some of the things you can do to help when you’re struggling to relieve sinusitis and sleep is not forthcoming.

How to sleep with a stuffy nose

If you’re struggling with nasal congestion when sleeping, it can make for a miserable night, and it’s no surprise that lying down in bed increases the problem. When you’re on your back, the mucus will collect in your sinuses causing increased pressure in an already tender area. By lifting your head with an extra pillow, you’ll find that this will relieve sinusitis as gravity will help to drain the mucus and help you breath more easily.

If you’re still unsure how to sleep with a stuffy nose and an extra pillow tends to give you a stiff neck, why not try our Deluxe Wool Pillows? You can increase the firmness by adding extra wool balls of stuffing to give your head a bit more of a lift.

Prepare yourself before bed

Sleeping with sinusitis is never easy, but there are a few things you can try in the run up to bed time to make sure that you’re not too congested to sleep:
  • Keep your nasal passages moist: Create a steam bath by filling a bowl with boiling water. Put a towel over your head and breath in the steam for 5-15 minutes. Add eucalyptus or peppermint oil to the water to help soothe and open up your nasal passages.
  • TOP TIP: Avoid using menthol oil as it can cause further sinus swelling and irritation.
  • Blow your nose gently before bed: Try not to blow repeatedly and aggressively, as you will find it irritates the nasal passages and can make the problem worse.
  • Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated can reduce the discomfort by helping to stop the mucus from becoming too thick.
  • Tackle allergies: One of the most common reasons for sinusitis and other kinds of sinus pain is dust mite allergy, or sensitivity to other microbes or fungal spores, especially during the winter months. These allergens like to live in your bedding, mattress and other soft furnishings, causing a stuffy nose and breathing issues when you’re shut in a room with them overnight.

What’s the best bedding for sinusitis sufferers?

If you struggle with dust mite allergy, try switching your bedding for wool duvets and pillows. Wool bedding is naturally hypoallergenic, wicking moisture and humidity away into the atmosphere, making it a hostile environment for dust mites and other allergens. This makes it the perfect choice if you’re wondering how to sleep with sinusitis or a stuffy nose caused by a common household allergen.

More tips on how to sleep with sinusitis

Knowing how to deal with sinusitis can be troublesome. But don’t forget, it’s worth trying out some of our more general tips to help you sleep better at night – these should help you settle quicker and get better quality sleep every night. After all, you’ll try anything when you’re battling with the pain of sinusitis.

For more information on how to sleep with a stuffy nose visit our Sleep Health & Advice hub for information on allergies at night or the best bedding for allergies.
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