How Sinus Symptoms Cause Snoring
I write frequently about sleep and breathing disorders, and often mention that sinus surgery can remedy some of the worst cases of interrupted sleep. One thing I rarely describe is the mechanism at work, namely how your sinuses can affect your nighttime breathing.
This helpful article outlines the mechanics in their basic form. Here’s the heart of it:
Actually, there are studies demonstrating that chronic sinus issues and nasal blockage can lead to a disease called upper airway resistance syndrome. Patients suffering from this condition have snoring and sleep fragmentation and have less of the deep sleep required to repair the body and the mind.
Long-term, this can even lead to heart disease and memory issues.
There are now minimally invasive techniques such as balloon sinuplasty and turbinate reduction that can be performed as simple office procedures to relieve chronic sinus issues.
You don’t have to be overweight to suffer from interrupted sleep. Sinus issues affect everyone from young people with anatomical issues to retired football stars. As my friend and colleague in San Diego orthopedic surgery can attest, athletes often suffer from collapsed airways and breathing troubles upon retirement, and these can exacerbate healing throughout the body.
To learn more about how you can find permanent relief for sinus symptoms, please contact my LA sinus surgery offices today.