Having a clear throat and nasal area is important for patients with sleep apnea. If you have allergies, chronic sinus problems or a deviated septum (your nose is crooked on the inside) you may have trouble keeping your nasal passages open……this can cause your breathing to be even more of a problem.
You may have found nasal sprays, strips or decongestants that can help with your symptoms. It is important to get your nasal cavities clear so you may want to consult your physician on this aspect.
Another situation we have been dealing with in our office are patients that are on a CPAP machine for their sleep apnea but are now not able to use it because of irritation or runny nose that seems to be caused by PAP therapy. These symptoms can be alleviated by the use of a humidifier with your PAP device. If you already have a humidifier and still experience these symptoms you may need a heated
Nonetheless, having nasal congestion can be irritating which is why it is so important to have a very good throat airway opening. Come and consult with us on how we may help you with your situation.