Congestion at night

Discussion in 'Eyes, Ears, Nose and Headaches/Migraines' started by mariange, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. mariange

    mariange Member

    Jul 9, 2013
    Hi All,

    I've been searching and reading through threads on nasal / sinus congestion and have picked up some tips, but I think my question is slightly different.

    I have had chronic nasal congestion all my life, but it only seems to happen during the night / when I wake up in the morning. I'll be fine as soon as I get up and start moving around.

    • I've been gluten free for ages, and low PUFA for many years, even before Peating
    • Drink a lot of milk now while Peating, but have gone through dairy-free phases and found no differences
    • Am not constipated (1 good BM each morning)
    • Currently have a diet high in milk, OJ, sugar, coffee, gelatin, shredded carrot salad, some shellfish, club soda.
    • Have tried rotating in and out various supplements over the years - no differences so far.
    • Doesn't change with the seasons
    • Doesn't change with the environment (just moved from west to east coast)
    • Doesn't change with amount of pets in (or not in) the house.
    • Doesn't change with # of hours of sleep (more or less)
    • Tried elevating the head of the bed - no difference
    • I don't have trouble falling / staying asleep. So not sure if an anti-histamine is for me?
    • Am using Peat to work on estrogen dominance / thyroid issues. I've been supplmenting T3, prenenalone and will add progesterone next month

    Any other clues or ideas to look at? Do you think that the estrogen dominance is just causing what would otherwise be normal mucus to get too thick and sluggish?


  2. burtlancast

    burtlancast Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    Have you consulted a nose specialist ?
  3. messtafarian

    messtafarian Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    I'm assuming you've gone through the whole dust/mold/mite/detergent, etc protocol. If you haven't you could try that.

    I've read that congestion can be a problem with digestion. You could try anti-histamine, which will calm down an inflammatory gut reaction; but you could also try a little pancreatin and see if that clears it up. Pancreatin is pretty safe.

    Also if I were you I wouldn't rule out a genuine infection. Sinus infections can hang around for years and years.
  4. jyb

    jyb Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Not sure if its due to digestion due to only occurring once asleep. When my nose is congested or runny, which is due to bad food (even though I have no obvious digestion symptoms) it builds up throughout the day.
  5. fyo

    fyo Member

    Jun 9, 2013
    Have you tried bag breathing (maybe through the nose)? Bag breathing clears my nose. Or if I cover myself under the bed blankets and rebreathe that air for a while, nose clog goes away. If you find that works, then maybe you can try sleeping in a way that increases your CO2 exposure, like with your head slightly surrounded with some blankets/pillows.
  6. Swandattur

    Swandattur Member

    Mar 17, 2013
    You could have some trouble with histamine in foods. I have to avoid foods with high histamine or histamine releasers to a large extent. However, if you never have daytime stuffiness, then maybe it's the carbon dioxide issue as fyo said. The poster, pranaruba, talks about proper breathing for more carbon dioxide.
    Another thing to try is negative ions, because positive ions cause serotonin buildup. Negative ions reduce it in the respiratory tract. Maybe just some house plants around the bed would help for more negative ions.