CPAP and allergic rhinitis (aka hay fever)

I’ve been using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for nearly twelve months for hypopnœas (more than 30 episodes of non-breathing for <10 seconds in duration each sleep cycle). While I don’t have sleep anpnœa (periods of non-breathing >10 seconds), my sleep physician recommended CPAP. All in all it’s been a good move. I sleep better and I don’t snore. I still don’t feel all that refreshed in the mornings but I do feel like I’m getting more sleep.

This is my first spring using CPAP. Spring in Canberra is something to behold. It’s beautiful every morning. The air is crisp, cold and fresh. The air is also full of pollen, pollen like you wouldn’t believe. It’s bad enough it’s cold and dry, but the beautiful cherry blossoms and other flowers bring with them so much pollen anyone who is afflicted with hay fever will know about it quickly.

For as long as I can remember I’ve had hay fever. On arriving in Canberra I changed from a Fluticasone to various non-sedating oral antihistamines with varying effect. Over the last year or so I’ve needed more powerful antihistamines. The ones that make me feel groggy all morning.

It’s been a revelation though sleeping with CPAP. The CPAP forces air in and I have no problems sleeping unlike the poor sleep I’ve experienced every spring. When I wake up though the symptoms return quickly and occasionally when I’m asleep I sneeze. I think having a humidifier attached to my CPAP machine helps a lot too.

My bedside CPAP set up. Yes, they're baby wipes to clean the mask every morning.

My bedside CPAP set up. Yes, they’re baby wipes to clean the mask every morning.

I’ve previously blogged about my CPAP experience

http://yummylummy.com/2012/11/11/cpap-shogun-japanese-restaurant-a-burger-with-a-difference/

http://yummylummy.com/2012/11/18/cpap-update-and-my-week-in-instagram/