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Allergies Can Affect Sleep

October 07, 2013


Allergic rhinitis is a physical reaction to allergens in the air that are breathed in by a person that is allergic to them. This reaction is characterised by the irritating and inflaming of the nasal passages. Allergic rhinitis allergens include dust mites, pollen, molds and pet dander (to name but a few). In people who are allergic to them, these particles can trigger the release of a specific chemical in the body that causes nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and of course a runny nose. All of these symptoms can lead to poor sleep, which can in turn can result in daytime sleepiness and even severe fatigue.

Allergic Rhinitis 

Allergic rhinitis (also known as allergies) can occur year-round or are usually seasonal in nature. When they occur seasonally it is in most cases caused by airborne particles from trees, grass, weeds and even mold. 

Please Note! Year-round allergic rhinitis can be caused by a number of factors, but the biggest causes of these types of allergic reactions include mostly indoor substances such as pet dander, mold and dust mites.

Sleep Problems

Sleep problems are common in people with allergic rhinitis. One study (which we have included a link to here) has found that sleep is dramatically impaired by allergic rhinitis symptoms and that the degree of sleep impairment is always related to how severe those allergy symptoms are. To add to this, sleep problems are linked with fatigue and daytime sleepiness as well as decreased productivity at work or school. It has also been linked to a range of other social and psychological problems such as impaired learning and memory, depressed mood, and even a reduced quality of life.

Are you looking for more sleep and allergy information? Then you can read more about rhinitis and how is affects sleep apnea here.


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