It may not be one of the first reasons you think of for snoring, but if you feel as though breathing through your nose isn’t smooth or that your nasal passages are being obstructed, then your snoring may be caused by an allergy.

This snoring can manifest in two ways:

  1. Nasal breathing may become louder and sound more like a rumbling or whistling noise.
  2. Your nose may become so blocked that you are forced to breathe through your mouth.

Common causes of snoring

Allergic Rhinitis is a common cause of snoring, which is an inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergen, such as pollen, dust, mould or flakes of skin from certain animals.

If you find that you snore less when you sleep away from your bedroom, then this is a good indication that you have a dust allergy.

Dust could be causing you to snore

Dust gathers in our homes as a result of flaking skin, which in turn encourages dust mites. If you are allergic to these allergens, breathing through your nose may become difficult, which can cause you to snore.

If you find that you snore less when you sleep away from your bedroom, then this is a good indication that you have a dust allergy.

What should you do if you have a dust allergy?

If you think your snoring is as a result of a dust allergy, the best solution is to clean… clean… clean! Clear out the contents of your bedroom and move aside your bedroom furniture to find all the dust that has gathered around them and vacuum until clear.

There could also be dust mites living in your bedding, for example in your pillows and duvet. These should be cleaned as per washing instructions. It’s also recommended that you vacuum your mattress on both sides and then fit a mattress protector.

Once your room is clean, you may be surprised by the difference it makes.

What other allergies cause snoring?

An allergy to pet hair is a common cause of snoring and this may become worse if your pet has been in your bedroom or sitting on your bed. Substances such as perfumes, cosmetics, fabric softeners, air fresheners and insect sprays can all cause allergy type symptoms.

You may also think you are suffering from a feather allergy, but in fact this is very rare. So-called ‘feather allergy’ is more often than not an allergic reaction to the dust mite allergen (see above) that is hidden in an unwashed pillow or duvet, no matter the filling.

For more information and advice about allergies and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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