Do Your Patients with Allergic Rhinitis Struggle with Sleep Disorders?

Do Your Patients with Allergic Rhinitis Struggle with Sleep Disorders?

These two scholarly articles indicate a direct relationship between allergic rhinitis and sleep disorders

Brief summary of article one:

González-Núñez V, Valero AL, Mullol J. Impact of sleep as a specific marker of quality of life in allergic rhinitis. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2013 Apr;13(2):131-41. Downloadable link to purchasing full article is available HERE.

Allergic rhinitis (AR) represents a considerable burden to both individuals and society and may impair usual daily activities, sleep quality, and productivity. When sleep is impaired, through sleep-disordered breathing including nasal obstruction particularly in the supine position, general health and quality of life can be negatively impacted. Poor sleep with fatigue and daytime somnolence, impaired performance, productivity and social functioning, and an increased risk of associated diseases can be directly related to the severity of AR.

Brief summary of article two:

Muliol J1, Maurer M, Bousquet J. Sleep and allergic rhinitis. J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2008;18(6):415-9. Full article is available HERE.

This article reviews the findings of several studies regarding AR. Over the course of the last few decades, many of these studies have shown that in addition to symptoms of sneezing, nasal itching, rhinorrhea, and nasal obstruction, AR significantly impacts the quality of life of adults and children and includes sleep disturbances. Patients with AR may suffer from sleep disorders, emotional problems and impaired daily activities and social functioning. This article reviews a number of the methods and questionnaires used to assess sleep quality including the effect of medications such as antihistamines, topical nasal corticosteroids, nasal decongestants and anti-leukotrienes. It also examines the impact of chronic diseases and the relationship between the sleep apnea syndrome with AR.

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