I have had chronic sinus trouble all my life. I've found nasal irrigation with a neti pot helpful. (Some people use saline sprays.) Occasionally, congestion does not allow me to irrigate my sinuses, so I use my CPAP machine for half an hour while awake, setting it to a higher pressure to break through the congestion. Then, I can use the neti pot. I try to remember to turn the pressure back down when I'm done. Otherwise it compromises my sleep quality and my stats.
For me, the CPAP moves the congestion out of the way. I use a nasal rinse (I use the squeeze bottle vs the neti pot) just before bed then again when I get up.
Sleep is important when sick so try to use the CPAP and see how you do. It might be a little difficult at first, especially if you use the ramp feature. And in the morning, you may hack up some lovely, gross stuff.
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