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Can Allergies Make You Tired?

Posted by Christine Huegel on Sep 17, 2020 5:39:00 AM

If you are one of the 50 million Americans who experience allergies, you are probably familiar with the uncomfortable symptoms that often come with allergy season, like itching and watering eyes, sneezing, and a running nose. But did you know that allergies can also make you feel tired?

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Topics: sleep apnea, allergies, CPAP therapy, lifetyle

The Truth about Allergies

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 15, 2019 3:23:00 PM

Everyone knows that allergies cause sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and nasal congestion and that for some people these symptoms can be more severe than for others. For these people allergies can feel like a curse, making them feel sleepy, irritable and downright miserable.

There are many medical explanations for allergies, including the theory that the body is overreacting to the typical allergens.

But there’s one other reason why some people with allergies are more affected than others, and this has to do with their jaw size. If you had normal-sized jaw anatomy, then it’s less likely an allergy attack would bother you; in fact, it’s less likely you’ll even have allergies in the first place. Let me explain.

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Topics: get better sleep, allergies

How To Stop Mold From Affecting Your Sleep Quality

Posted by Jane Sandwood on Sep 17, 2019 12:19:00 PM

Sleep problems affect approximately one in three adults in America, and if you find that you are waking up tired, getting up frequently, or finding it hard to fall asleep, the problem could actually be mold.

One of the reasons that mold can keep you up at night is that it often causes allergy-like symptoms, including sneezing, congestion, dry and itchy skin, and even asthma. Enjoying a good night’s sleep often involves a delicate interplay of psychological, physiological and environmental factors.

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Topics: allergies, mold

Allergies and Sleep Apnea: How are they connected?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 18, 2019 1:21:00 PM

Allergies and sleep apnea: How are they connected? Spring has arrived, and allergy season is upon us once again. With that in mind, the blog turns its attention to the topic of sleep apnea and allergies.

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP Masks, allergies

5 Reasons Why Your Nose is Stuffy

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 10, 2018 7:52:00 AM

A lthough many people assume that big nosed people naturally breathe better, there’s nothing further from the truth.  The shape and size of your nose is mostly cosmetic. How well you breathe actually depends on what your internal breathing passageways look like. And for many sleep apnea sufferers, a stuffy nose can make or break their treatment therapy.

Yet, opening up the nose through medical therapy or even surgery has been found to “cure” sleep apnea in only 10% of people. Patients will definitely feel and breathe better, but it’s unlikely that their sleep apnea is addressed definitively. However, I have seen many of the people in the “10%” group derive significant benefits from clearing up their nasal congestion. Besides breathing better for the first time in years, opening up the nose can allow the person to tolerate and benefit from other treatment options for OSA besides CPAP.

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Topics: sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, allergies

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