Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis Result in Sleep Disturbances and Emotional Burdens
Results from Teva Respiratory’s “Nasal Allergy Survey Assessing Limitations 2010” show that people with allergic rhinitis who had nasal symptoms were more likely to experience sleep disturbances, including difficulty getting to sleep and waking up during the night. Lack of a good night’s sleep can significantly affect a person’s quality of life.
Survey results suggest that the fatigue people with nasal allergies experience may be related to sleep disruption caused by the common symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis. Lack of adequate sleep and increased tiredness may also lead to people feeling “irritable” and “miserable,” which can contribute to other emotional burdens, like anxiety and depression. When nasal symptoms are at their worst, people find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, which can negatively affect their work performance by reducing productivity, resulting in both social and economic costs.
“The negative impact that allergic rhinitis symptoms can have on a patient’s quality of sleep is considerable, as it not only affects them physically, but also emotionally,” says Gary Gross, MD, FAAAAI, of Dallas Allergy & Asthma Center in Dallas, TX. “It’s important for patients suffering from allergic rhinitis symptoms, like post-nasal drip, to understand how these symptoms can negatively affect their quality of life.”
This article was originally published in Coping® with Allergies & Asthma magazine, Spring/Summer 2011.