If you suffer from seasonal allergies you may not realize that they can cause or worsen sleep apnea, a dangerous condition which causes you to periodically stop breathing during sleep. The most common cause of sleep apnea in the U.S. seems to be obstructive sleep apnea caused by our overweight population. Ear, nose and throat disorders (ENT), including those associated with allergies, seem to be almost as common and in many cases excessive weight and ENT disorders both contribute to sleep apnea. Congestion from allergies, swollen tonsils or airway passages, sinusitis, or conditions such as nasal polyps can all cause or worsen sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, depression, day time fatigue, ADHD, aggression, and can worsen diabetes, dementia, and multiple other diseases. For more information read:
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