Why Are You Sneezing In The Morning? Know Causes And Treatment

Many people experience sneezes specifically in the morning. Here are the causes and treatment for the same. Read on. 

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaPublished at: Apr 21, 2022Updated at: Apr 22, 2022
 Why Are You Sneezing In The Morning? Know Causes And Treatment

Do you keep sneezing in the morning and that too more than often? This is likely because we are exposed to common allergens at night while sleeping and morning symptoms may be a reflection of night-time exposure. Pollen counts are often at their highest in the mornings. For people who are allergic to pollen, this can be a time when symptoms occur most strongly, resulting in repeated sneezing. There can be many other factors responsible for morning sneezing. Sneezing is essentially just an immune response meant to clear mucus out of the sinuses. Most of the time, it is an involuntary reaction to some kind of an allergy and irritants like dust, pollen or other tiny particles floating in the air. Keep reading to know about the causes and treatment of morning sneezing. 

Morning sneezing causes 

Do not worry much as it is pretty normal and happens to a lot of people. There are multiple factors that could be triggering these sneezes. Here are 4 common causes of morning sneezing: 

1. Sinus 

Sinusitis (or sinus) can trigger the sneezing fit as waking up may disturb the nasal lining and trigger the mucus to flow. Sinus infections are very common. The symptom of morning sneezing occurs only in chronic sinus. 

2. Allergy 

Allergies can flare anytime during the year, particularly during the spring, summer, and fall. And if you live with them, you might deal with bothersome symptoms all day, every day. Some people, though, only have allergy symptoms in the morning, in which case, they’re fine for the rest of the day. Medically called allergic rhinitis, it leads to hypersensitivity to house dust mite, animal hair and fungal spores. It could even be an allergic reaction to one’s pillow or bed.

Also read: 9 Home Remedies To Stop Sneezing

3. Vasomotor rhinitis 

Vasomotor Rhinitis is an inflammation in the membranes inside the nose. It often causes a sneezing bout after a change in temperature or a change in body’s immune activity during sleep. If you have it, a sudden exposure to colder/warmer air in the morning can cause a sneezing bout.

4. Sun sneezing 

Medically called photic sneeze reflex, it is a condition in which a stimulus leads to sneezing which is difficult to control. The stimuli include an exposure to bright lights or sun. Your body reads that sensation as though something is irritating your nose, so that's how bright light can make you sneeze!

Morning sneezing treatment 

Allergy symptoms in the morning can also disrupt the quality of your sleep at night. See a doctor if you’re unable to control the sneezing on your own or if you have severe symptoms. Here are some options that you can try: 

1. Keep your surroundings clean 

Cleaning your house often to get rid of dust, animal dander and molds. Or you may need to stay indoors when pollen counts are high. Thorough cleaning of your bedding. Bathing your pets regularly. In addition, dust hard surfaces and vacuum carpets, especially those in the bedroom.

Also read: 6 amazing things you didn’t know about sneezing

2. Pinch your nose 

Nose pinching to stop sneezing is an age old home remedy. Pinching your nose while clamping your mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze isn't a good idea, warn doctors. Pinching your nose while clamping your mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze isn't a good idea. 

3. Identify the cause 

If you identify the cause, it can be easier to treat morning sneezing. Know your triggers and control them. Most importantly, take treatment for sinus from the doctor. It is important to take proper medication for this condition as it can cause many disturbing symptoms including morning sneezing.