Sunday Thoughts (sinus clog)

I've been beyond tired this weekend.

And it's all because of my nose.

Let me explain. 

You would think with spring behind us that my sinuses would feel better.

Think again.

All this heat seems to be encouraging the weeds to grow like — well — weeds.

And my allergies seem to be back with a vengeance.

Maybe you're in the same boat too?

Well, if you are…

You're probably not sleeping great because of sinus issues. I'm not either.

Which means you end up feeling worse… because not only are you not breathing well… but your sleep is way off too! 

And the vicious cycle begins.

But you'll be happy to know that there are some things you can do to help.

Actually, I've got 7 ways to help you get better sleep even when you feel like your nose is 100% plugged.

Take an antihistamine before bed
If you have allergies, taking an antihistamine before bed can help control your sneezing and runny nose. Plus, some antihistamines make you sleepy in addition to keeping allergy symptoms at bay, so it's a win-win.

Is your bedroom a "pet-free zone?"
If allergies like dust mites or pets give you sinus issues, then you need to keep your bedroom as free from allergens as possible. One of the easiest ways to do this… is make your bedroom "off limits" to your critters. May seem harsh at first, but it's worth it.

Keep your head up
Sleep with your head elevated on a few pillows because lying flat, by contrast, allows mucus to build up in your sinuses, where it can clog your nasal passages & ruin sleep.

No caffeine before bed
Cut it off before 2 PM. Not to mention, caffeine is dehydrating, so it will make your sinus pain and congestion worse.

Skip the booze
Like caffeine…  alcohol can also leave you feeling dehydrated, which can aggravate sinus pain. And it messes with your circadian rhythm.

Keep nasal passages moist
Those simple over-the-counter nasal saline sprays are great for keeping your nasal passages clear. Also, using a humidifier can help to avoid drying out the air, especially during the winter, and help keep your nose happy.

Cool and dark
This is good advice for anyone with problems sleeping, including folks with sinus pain. The National Sleep Foundation also says maintaining a regular bed and wake time (even on weekends) and using your bedroom only for sleep — will help you sleep better and help those sinuses feel better too.

I like these steps because they're easy to do. And they won't cost you a whole bunch of cash either.

Hopefully, you can get started on a couple of these today — and help that plugged-up nose.

As for me… I'm gonna enjoy a Sunday nap. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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