Does a Cold or Runny Nose Make Sleep Apnea Worse?

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If you are living with sleep apnea, you may be wondering whether it will get worse whenever you have a cold or runny nose. The truth is that a cold or runny nose can aggravate your sleep apnea and make it more difficult for you to enjoy a good night’s sleep. It may cause some anxiety because you may not feel like using your sleep apnea machine or device.

Even if you skip a few days of using your machine or device, you are likely to degrade restful sleep, weaken your immune system, and prolong your cold or runny nose. Here are some tips on using your sleep apnea machine or device while you have a cold or runny nose:

Keep the Machine or Device Clean

It is always essential to keep your sleep apnea machine or device clean. However, it is even more important when you are not feeling your best. When you have a cold or runny nose, bacteria and mucus discharge can cover your machine or device. You may risk re-infecting yourself by not thoroughly cleaning your machine or device.

Take Cold Medicine

There are several over-the-counter cold or flu medications that may help improve your symptoms. Nasal sprays and decongestants may also help. By clearing your nasal passages before bed, you can breathe easier and commit to your therapy at night.

Use a Heated Humidifier

A heated humidifier can also help you feel better while continuing to adhere to your sleep apnea treatment plan. The heat and steam from a heated humidifier can help break down mucus buildup and congestion.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have sleep apnea and are facing a cold or runny nose, contact our office today 703-439-1214.