Is Sinusitis Related To Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common breathing-associated sleep disorder. Individuals with sleep apnea often experience dry mouth in the morning, as well as daytime sleepiness, which can negatively affect energy and focus. The bed partners of individuals with OSA at times may notice snoring, choking, or gasping for breath during the night.

What Causes OSA?

OSA may be caused by any obstruction along your airway. Such obstructions include enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids or an enlarged base of tongue. The presence of such an obstruction prevents optimal airflow to your lungs during sleep.

How do the Sinuses Contribute to OSA?

The sinuses are bony pockets around the eyes and nose that are lined with mucus-producing tissues. This mucus serves to humidify air inhaled through the nose while filtering out harmful particles. Healthy sinuses are able to drain this mucus and these harmful air particles regularly. However, in a patient with sinusitis, this drainage pathway has become compromised. As a result, inhaled air is unable to enter the sinus and mucus is similarly unable to exit. This can impede airflow into your lungs and contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. Moreover, other classic symptoms of sinusitis such as post nasal drainage, facial pressure, and headache may further disrupt bedtime comfort and lead to poor quality sleep.



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