Ok, so Herbs
message suggests to me that congestion might be t he reason for the stuffy nose.
If so, I am a smoker, albeit about to quit any day.
I am presently on the Champix and have quit on it once before and know how easy it is to quit.
The problem is most people are in fear that they can't quit, but the real problem is not in quitting, for that on Champix is easy, but in remembering that what you must focus on is not picking up the first cigarette and starting again.
But as a heavy smoker, if I can quit using Champix, anyone can. I just made that crucial mistake and smoked a cigarette later on. This coming time, I won't make that same mistake.
In any event, if that is the cause, than perhaps with the end of smoking, the nose will be less stuffed up but i don't notice it during the day and only paid attention last night and realized this is happening. I never thought about it before as i had no reason to notice it happening.
I havent ever used Sinus Spray and won't, judging from what you said in your post. I've never used anything for it for I wasn't aware but even then I rarely use medicine.
So from what you have said, these nasal pillows might work for my nose is clear when I start. So I don't know if the stuffed nose is causing me to open my mouth to breathe or whether I am opening it for another reason and while breathing out of my mouth my nose is becoming stuffed.
I'm not sure which came first, the cart or the horse!!!
Leaking Nasal Pillows: I wouldn't have thought that they would have leaked. I seem to remember when I tried a pair just to fit, they clearly fit into my nostrils, hence, I assumed the air would naturally be forced in.
I suppose not judging by PaytonA's post
Yes, I am discovering this much to my detriment that its not healthy to breathe out of your nose.
I have had perfect teeth all my life but in the past 3 years all of a sudden I am developing too many cavities and we have been trying to figure out why.
As it turns out, from this came the idea I might have Sleep Apnea which was how i was sent to a clinic.
Turns out during the night when you breathe with your mouth open and dry it out, it allows germs to fester in ways unimaginable compared to a closed mouth. Part of the reason is that its very healthy to have great amounts of saliva in your mouth which of course you don't have with a dry mouth.
I've been told to produce saliva as much as I can whenever i am sitting down, walking, or just doing whatever it is I do, that i am to produce extra saliva in my mouth to counteract the damage being done by.
You should be doing the same whenever you think of it as well to avoid dental problems later on!
If you can somehow get your mouth closed at night with a chin strap and breathe through your nose somehow, you will be much better off.
In my case this is one of the areas that I am hoping that Sleep Apnea will take care off, one way or the other!