Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Can Allergies Cause Poor Sleep?

Posted on 15 Aug 2012 - 11:33 AM

Listener Question

Is there a way to tell whether my snoring issue causing poor sleeping
patterns is caused by my being over weight or the air quality in the room?
What are your thougts on Air purifiers as a solution to snoring? Do you
endorse a certain brand of air room purifiers? Thanks.

The Sleep Doctors Answer
Hi Tim,

Thanks for your question. We get a fair number of those types of questions related to snoring being due to weight versus “air-quality”. Here’s the short answer… your snoring is due to the fact that your upper airway or throat area is collapsing at night. There are multiple different factors that can contribute to this, and weight is but one of those factors. Other factors may include, but are not limited to: tonsil size, size of tongue base, soft palate, and jaw placement.

in your bedroom may contribute to sinus/allergy symptoms, which may in turn cause some nasal type snoring, but 9 times out of 10 snoring is a result of a collapse in the throat area. The tough part is, snoring and sleep apnea can cause weight gain, which in turn can cause you to snore and have more sleep apnea.

There is no easy way to really check the air quality in your room, per se, and I’m not sure this would be of much use anyway. Our advice would be to undergo a thorough, comprehensive sleep evaluation to determine if you have sleep apnea. If you snore, there’s a greater than 80% chance that you do.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you in this area, or we’d be glad to steer you towards someone in your area if you were outside of middle Tennessee. Thanks for your question, thanks for listening to the Sleep Doctors!