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Sinus Pressure


Breathing through your nose ventilates your sinuses and helps to keep them healthy. When you open your mouth during sleep your breathing switches from your nose to your mouth, which stops air moving through the nasal and sinus passages (as you can see in this image). Without constant ventilation the sinuses become stagnant and mucus builds up and causes pressure. The brain of a mouth breather thinks carbon dioxide is being lost too quickly from the nose and stimulates the goblet cells to produce mucous in the nose to slow the breathing. This creates a cycle of mouth breathing triggering mucous formation, nasal passage blocking, leading to more mouth breathing and increased sinus pressure. 

Everybody opens their mouth at some time during the night and many close it again after a short while but as we age our facial and lip muscles weaken and our mouth stays open during sleep. Keeping your lips together all night with sleepQ+ can dramatically reduce the chance of suffering from sinus pressure and a blocked nose as well as looking more appealing with a closed mouth.

 

sleepQ+ is the only product that will gently support your lips in the closed position without using force to help you breathe through your nose all night.That means far less chance you will wake up with sinus pressure and a stuffy, blocked nose.

It should be expensive, but it's not. A 25g tube will give you up to 70 applications for $38.80 or around 50 cents per night. 

Take the pressure down…keep your sinuses clear and healthy with sleepQ+.

More about your sinuses...

The sinuses are small, air-filled spaces inside the cheekbones and forehead. They make mucus, which drains into the nose through small channels. Sinusitis means inflammation of a sinus. Most bouts of sinusitis are caused by an infection. The cheekbone (maxillary) sinuses are the most commonly affected. Acute sinusitis means that the infection develops quickly (over a few days) and lasts a short time. Many cases of acute sinusitis last a week or so but it is not unusual for it to last 2-3 weeks. A mild bout of acute sinusitis is common and many people will have some degree of sinusitis with a cold. Most cases of chronic sinusitis develop following an acute sinusitis infection. Most cases of acute sinusitis go away within 2-3 weeks, often much sooner. In some cases the symptoms do not go and become persistent (chronic). The following are causes of acute sinusitis that may progress into a chronic sinusitis:

  • Mouth breathing, especially for long periods such as when sleeping.

  • Cold or flu-like illnesses – in most cases, acute sinusitis develops from a cold or flu-like illness. Germs called viruses may spread to the sinuses and cause colds and flu. The infection may remain viral before clearing, causing a viral sinus infection.

  • Dental infections – in some cases, infection spreads to a cheekbone (maxillary) sinus from an infected tooth.

  • Nasal allergy (allergic rhinitis). The allergy may cause swelling of the tissues on the inside lining of the nose and block the sinus drainage channels. This makes the sinuses more susceptible to infection.

  • Growths (nasal polyps).

  • Inflammatory disorders such as Wegener’s granulomatosis or sarcoidosis.

  • Pregnancy, which makes you more prone to nasal inflammation (rhinitis).

  • Excessive mouth breathing.

  • Poor drainage of the affected sinus – the sinus drainage channel may become fully or partially blocked.

  • A build-up of mucus in the sinuses.

  • Inflammatory changes to the lining of the sinus that result from infection.

 SINUS SURGERY

Sinus surgery involves the precise removal of diseased sinus tissue with improvement in the natural drainage channels by the creation of a pathway for infected material to drain from the sinus cavities. In most situations, the surgeon will employ endoscopic techniques, which allow better and more precise visualization without the need for external incisions.

It cannot be emphasised more strongly that post-operative care is as equally important as the surgery itself. One of the most common causes of failure of this procedure is poor post-operative care and follow-up. An essential part of recovery should include the return to nasal breathing rather than mouth breathing that may have become a habit due to nasal congestion associated with sinus problems. Breathing through your nose ventilates the sinuses and keeps them healthy. When you open your mouth during sleep your breathing switches from your nose to your mouth, which stops air moving through the nasal and sinus passages. Without proper ventilation the sinuses become stagnant and mucus builds up and causes sinus pressure.

If you breathe through your mouth, especially during sleep, you may want to try correcting your breathing route before deciding to have sinus surgery. Trying sleepQ+ for a month or so to see if your sinuses improve is a great way to see if mouth breathing is contributing to your sinus pressure.

None of the information provided on this site is intended or recommended as a substitute for professional medical advice. We recommend you consult a Medical Professional if you have any concerns regarding the suitability or use of our product having regard to any existing medical conditions you may have.