Poor air quality, irritated mucous membranes, a deviated nasal septum, or the presence of polyps may be responsible for your stuffy nose when you wake up.
No matter what time of year, you wake up every morning with one nostril, or even your entire nose, stuffy. This unpleasant routine which pushes you to sleep by hugging a packet of handkerchief like a blanket, and which seriously annoys your partner, can be explained by different causes:
Like any organ, the nose can become exhausted when it has to do a job in bad conditions. Air that is too dry is one of them. In order to maintain an ideal humidity level for the proper functioning of your nose, hydrate yourself throughout the day, heat your room as little as possible, sleep with the window closed to prevent dry air from entering the room, and ask your pharmacist for advice on finding a suitable detergent.
Whether smoke, dust mites, pollen, stress, hormones, or food intolerance are responsible, the result is the same: the mucous membrane is irritated. The blood vessels in the nose dilate to fight this irritation, the lining takes up space, and the nose becomes blocked. It may be a transient cold, of viral origin, or chronic rhinitis, which can affect the sinuses, and which lasts more than three months. Discharge, sneezing, and odor disturbances can accompany nasal obstruction.
Certain abnormalities such as deviation of the nasal septum due to deformity from birth or trauma, as well as cartilage or muscle problems can cause nasal obstruction. The wings of the nose become so narrow that they no longer let air through and stick to the wall during inspiration. Surgery can correct this problem and replace the septum. Talk to your doctor about this discomfort without delay, as it can promote sleep apnea and, as a result, lead to more serious problems.
Whether benign or malignant, tumors located in the nose are difficult to diagnose because they present the same symptoms as rhino-sinus conditions. In the absence of smell, it can be polyposis, a chronic sinus disease, or Killian’s polyp, a benign one-sided tumor. In any case, only a thorough examination by a specialist can allow the situation to be properly assessed and suitable solutions to be put in place.