Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Caused By Allergies Rhinosinusitis Deviated Septum And Obstructed Nasal Passages
(Best Syndication) People with nasal problems are more likely to suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), according to a study from Japan. Certain conditions, including obstructed nasal passages and sleep-disordered breathing, allergies, rhinosinusitis, or a deviated septum are possible reasons why people have trouble staying awake during the day.
The research, published in Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, involved 6,790 patients. Although these breathing maladies are not life threatening, the condition can “severely impact a person’s quality of life by negatively affecting their work and social activities.”
The researchers say that people who have a chronic nasal obstruction were twice as likely to experience EDS, compared to those without the condition.
People who experience daytime sleepiness were also five times more likely to suffer from habitual observed sleep apnea. There are two forms of sleep apnea. The first type, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), typically afflicts people who snore or are overweight. The throat or nasal passage relaxes during sleep causing brief interruptions in breathing. This is a relatively common condition
The second type of sleep apnea is Central Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is more common in older people. The brain forgets to breathe several times a night, causing the sleeper to momentarily awake.
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors can diagnose most obstructions that occur during the day. A cardiopulmonary specialist can be used to diagnose sleep apnea. A sleep study can determine if you have OSA or CSA.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer