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Allergies can short-circuit resolutions to get in shape

Posted: January 11, 2012 - 12:36am  |  Updated: January 18, 2012 - 1:04am

 

Resolving to lose weight and get back in shape are common New Year’s resolutions.

Why do we often fail to follow through? Allergy-related sleep problems can help keep us fat and unfit.

First of all, allergies can cause a chronic stuffy nose. Have you ever tried to exercise while your nose is full of crud?

It just does not work very well, especially if you’re out of shape to begin with. Furthermore, how well do you sleep while your nose is all congested? I’ll tell you: not well.

Even if we do finally fall asleep, the stuffy nose often causes snoring that leads to poor quality sleep. And when we are sleepy, we are sluggish and don’t feel like exercising.

Second, allergies can cause asthma, which can make exercising difficult and frustrating. Further­more, asthma can also interfere with sleep because of the night cough it can cause. This night cough might not wake you up, but if you’re coughing while sleeping, then that is not good, quality sleep.

And, again, if we are sleepy, we are less likely to exercise.

Third, the stuffy nose of allergies can contribute to sleep apnea. Full-blown sleep apnea is a terrible problem that will ruin your sleep and leave you feeling sleepy all day long.

And your snoring can ruin the sleep of your spouse. Who wants to exercise hard when you can barely keep your eyes open?

Finally, the itchy, dry skin of eczema is associated with allergies. If the eczema is bad enough, the sleep will be hampered because of the night-long scratching.

So, again, here is an allergy-related condition that can ruin sleep and make us sluggish and less likely to follow through with the hard decisions of life.

Also, the heat and sweating of exercise can sometimes make the eczema itch more.

So watch out for allergies as a subtle hindrance to following through on your New Year’s resolutions.

See your doctor or an allergist for more advice.

 

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