Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Allergies Alone Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Nighttime Breathing Problems

Date:
December 29, 2008
Source:
JAMA and Archives Journals
Summary:
Allergic rhinitis does not appear to be associated with snoring or daytime sleepiness, but individuals with obstructed nasal passages are likely to experience both regardless of whether they have allergies, according to a new report.

Allergic rhinitis does not appear to be associated with snoring or daytime sleepiness, but individuals with obstructed nasal passages are likely to experience both regardless of whether they have allergies, according to a new report.

Related Articles


Nasal obstruction is one of the most troublesome symptoms of nasal and sinus diseases, including allergic rhinitis, according to background information in the article. "People with nasal obstruction often experience other symptoms, including headache, thirst, lack of concentration, daytime cognitive deficits, daytime sleepiness and disturbed sleep, which impair their daily and social activities," the authors write. "There has been growing awareness that the morbidity [illness] of allergic rhinitis in the general population is increasing and is leading to a decline in school and work performance, resulting not only in a medical economic loss but also in a large social economic loss."

To investigate the relationships among nasal obstruction, snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness in people with and without allergies, Nobuaki Hiraki, M.D., and colleagues at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan, analyzed responses to a survey of Japanese workers. Of the 1,878 workers asked to complete questionnaires, 1,615 responded (86 percent) and 1,459 provided sufficient information for the analysis.

Participants were divided into four groups: those with allergies and nasal obstruction, those with nasal obstruction but no allergies, those with allergies but no nasal obstruction and those with neither nasal obstruction or allergies, who served as controls. Those in the nasal-obstruction groups (with or without allergies) had higher odds of snoring and daytime sleepiness than the control group, but there was no difference between the allergies-only and control groups.

"The present results strongly suggest that nasal obstruction causes sleep-disordered breathing and, thus, daytime sleepiness in individuals without allergic rhinitis as well as in those with allergic rhinitis," the authors write. This is thought to occur through several mechanisms, including changes in pressure that cause portions of the throat to collapse, functional difficulties induced by the shift from nasal breathing to mouth breathing and changes in signals sent from the respiratory system to the brain.

"We speculate that, although nasal obstruction itself is not a life-threatening condition, prompt and appropriate rhinologic treatment would improve sleep quality and, thus, daily and social activities in patients with sinonasal diseases," the authors conclude. "This remains to be further investigated in future studies."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by JAMA and Archives Journals. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Hiraki et al. Snoring, Daytime Sleepiness, and Nasal Obstruction With or Without Allergic Rhinitis. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2008; 134 (12): 1254 DOI: 10.1001/archotol.134.12.1254

Cite This Page:

JAMA and Archives Journals. "Allergies Alone Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Nighttime Breathing Problems." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 December 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081215184200.htm>.
JAMA and Archives Journals. (2008, December 29). Allergies Alone Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Nighttime Breathing Problems. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 26, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081215184200.htm
JAMA and Archives Journals. "Allergies Alone Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Nighttime Breathing Problems." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081215184200.htm (accessed January 26, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, January 26, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Ebola Mistakes Should Serve a Lesson Says WHO

Ebola Mistakes Should Serve a Lesson Says WHO

AFP (Jan. 25, 2015) The World Health Organization&apos;s chief on Sunday admitted the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola, saying it should serve a lesson to avoid similar mistakes in future. Duration: 00:55 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spreads To 5 States

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spreads To 5 States

Newsy (Jan. 24, 2015) Much of the Disneyland measles outbreak is being blamed on the anti-vaccination movement. The CDC encourages just about everyone get immunized. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Growing Measles Outbreak Worries Calif. Parents

Growing Measles Outbreak Worries Calif. Parents

AP (Jan. 23, 2015) Public health officials are rushing to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened 70 people across 6 states and Mexico. The AP&apos;s Raquel Maria Dillon has more. (Jan. 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Smart Wristband to Shock Away Bad Habits

Smart Wristband to Shock Away Bad Habits

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 23, 2015) A Boston start-up is developing a wristband they say will help users break bad habits by jolting them with an electric shock. Ben Gruber reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins