Can’t cope with extra pounds, despite all your efforts? Per­haps the rea­son is not in eat­ing habits, but in some­thing else.

It turns out that nasal con­ges­tion can be the cause of weight gain. It works like this: due to the fact that the nose does not work as it should, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties arise. The sense of smell dete­ri­o­rates, this affects the qual­i­ty of life in gen­er­al, but most impor­tant­ly, it affects the qual­i­ty of night sleep. A stuffy nose can even cause sleep apnea, a 10-sec­ond ces­sa­tion of breath­ing.

Don’t self-med­icate! In our arti­cles, we col­lect the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence and opin­ions from respect­ed health experts. But remem­ber: only a doc­tor can make a diag­no­sis and pre­scribe treat­ment.

A stuffy nose affects your health direct­ly and indi­rect­ly. Due to the fact that dur­ing sleep you can­not breathe prop­er­ly through your nose, you begin to sleep with your mouth open; snore. The lev­el of oxy­gen in the blood drops — you sleep worse, and the risk of devel­op­ing seri­ous dis­eases increas­es. Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from lack of sleep are more like­ly to overeat dur­ing the day, pre­fer high­er-calo­rie foods, and find it more dif­fi­cult to stick to their diet plan.

So, if you notice that you are gain­ing weight lit­er­al­ly “out of thin air” and at the same time you have a stuffy nose, check these three rea­sons.

  • Swelling, enlarge­ment of the nasal turbinates. May be caused by ARVI or anoth­er infec­tion. The cause may be injury. If the cause is not an infec­tion, then spe­cial drops will help relieve swelling — but it is bet­ter to use them after con­sult­ing a doc­tor.
  • Aller­gic rhini­tis. The rea­son is the body’s exces­sive immune response to an aller­gen: dust, pollen or oth­er sub­stances that enter the body through breath­ing. First, try chang­ing your pil­low: it accu­mu­lates a huge amount of things that can trig­ger aller­gies.
  • Devi­a­tion of the nasal sep­tum. It can be con­gen­i­tal or result from a frac­ture in child­hood — and you don’t even remem­ber about it. Most often, a devi­at­ed nasal sep­tum can only be detect­ed at a doctor’s appoint­ment. This is the most dif­fi­cult case, and most often only plas­tic surgery can help. It is worth weigh­ing all the risks before decid­ing to do this.

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