When Your Sinuses Keep You Awake
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Is pain or labored breathing involved? If so, the solution might be sinus surgery, according to a new study:
The study’s researchers interviewed more than 400 patients who underwent sinus surgery. About 60 of those also had apnea. Following surgery, the patients had improved on several measures, including psychological and sleep problems. They reported better quality of life and improved sleep, regardless of whether or not they had a sleep disorder, according to the September study, published online in JAMA Otolaryngology‑Head & Neck Surgery.
It’s an interesting finding, not least because the sinus surgery wasn’t designed to specifically target sleep apnea. It seems that sinusitis can cause enough discomfort to prevent sleep on its own, with or without the obstructed airways that can exacerbate the problem.
What this means for you is that chronic sinus pain is worth a consultation with an expert sinus surgeon. Please contact my offices to learn more about how surgery may help you sleep better permanently.