The spring months are a beautiful time of newness and life all around. The trees, flowers and bushes start to bloom as the weather warms up and, many neighborhoods come to life as people emerge from their winter hibernation indoors.
But, the spring is also the time of year when the pollen count can get really high and sometimes there is even a warning about the air quality.
If you have sleep apnea, allergy season can be extremely difficult. Things like pollen, dust, pet dander, and dust mites are all a lot more active and prevalent during the spring months than other times of the year.
During the winter months, these things have a much harder time getting airborne because of the extra moisture in the air. But, as the spring season arrives and pollen starts flying around, the moisture is reduced and other allergens become more active.
When you inhale these irritants, the mucous membranes of your nose begin to swell and become inflamed. This causes mucous to build up and block the airways, which exacerbates sleep apnea and sleep pauses.
Having sleep apnea and allergies can be a terrible struggle for the sufferer. In addition to seeing your allergy specialist for medications to reduce your allergy symptoms, you can also do some of these strategies to reduce your suffering:
- Add in air purifier in your bedroom to make the air that you breath while you are asleep is as clean as possible
- Use hypoallergenic bedding and pillows to reduce the dust mite allergy
- Clean and dust your home on a regular basis. Run a humidifier in your home around the clock to keep allergens from flying around the air as much
- Change the filters on your ventilation system and make sure that you replace them with HEPA filters
- Keep your CPAP machine clean and sanitized to avoid reintroducing allergens from one use to another.
- Use a humidifier in your bedroom as well as the air purifier
If you have allergies and sleep apnea, the spring season might not be one that you enjoy much. But, if you follow these tips and talk to your doctor about allergy medicines that are right for you, there could still be some beauty in this spring season for you after all!