Stuffy Nose at Night and Can’t Breathe
Commonly, men and women have stuffy nose at the night only, while breathing perfectly fine in the day time. nose blocks up when lying down, making it hard to breathe. Nighttime stuffy nose and breathing trouble symptoms go together – you can’t cure one sinus problem without the other.
These are some common causes of stuffy nose at night:
- Deviated Septum
- Nasal Polyps
- Pregnancy (your small blood vessels, including nasal blood vessels, swell up during pregnancy)
- Allergic Reactions to household dust/dander/dust mites in your pillow
- Throat irritation from dry air or dust
If you can’t breathe from a stuffed nose, you won’t die. But, you will wake up with a dry, scratchy sore throat and coughing, since blocked sinuses force you to start mouth breathing, irritating the throat. You might also start snoring, even when you’ve never snored before.
To breathe better at night, and not wake up from lack of air, you must cure your nighttime stuffy nose. Relief from congested sinuses depends on the cause. Pregnancy breathing trouble can be solved quickly by changing sleeping positions, or rubbing your stomach in a downward position (this causes the baby to move away from your diaphragm, letting you breathe easier.) You can get rid of nasal polyps with antibiotic medication, or polypectomy surgery. Deviated septum surgery, called septoplasty, is necessary if nostril cartilage and bone is clogging your nose.
Other causes of stuffy nose and not breathing well at night are cured by Neti Pot (nasal lavage) irrigation, adding a humidifier, or nasal antihistamine sprays like Benadryl and Unisom in the case of allergic stuffy nose.