Do you prefer to breathe through your left nostril or right? Or do you have no preference?
I hope someone who has a preference comments, because I have never come across anyone else who cared at all!
I have a very strong preference for my left nostril to be clear. If one has to be blocked, I find it more comfortable for it to be the right one. I am not sure why this is, except that my body seems to have a most annoying preference for the left to be blocked if either is. I have lost more sleep over this than anything else!
I know, that’s a bit pathetic to be so obsessed over something so pernickity!
But it seriously bugs me to wake up and find the left one blocked. Occasionally I can fall back to sleep, but more often I have to sit up and clear it. This involves pressing a bit of cold metal to my sinus points or in extreme cases, standing up and applying a cold flannel. Or taking an antihistamine!
Gravity has some effect, but less than it should. Because of the effect it does have, I sleep far more on my right side than my left, which makes my right shoulder very painful. Sometimes the shoulder, neck and squashed ear mean I can’t lie on my right side any more, which means that if the nostril won’t clear when that happens there is no chance of sleep and I have to sit up and read.
It has happened more than once that I am just about to drop off, lying on my right side, when whooosh! all the mucus on the right side of nasal passages is sucked up into the left half, totally preventing me falling asleep. This really bugs me as I find it hard to transition, both falling asleep and waking up are problematic.
I’ve tried nasal strips, they just annoy me and don’t really help. Maybe if you could get them for just one side of the nose…
I wouldn’t mention it, but I was sitting here, staring at the Add New Post page in a blank lack of inspiration when I noticed that my left nose was getting stuffy. I tilted my head and decided to post about it. As well as providing a post, you never know, I might just discover that I am not alone!
I did find this article about laterality which mentions it, which was slightly reassuring, although it doesn’t help solve the problem. It’s quite interesting anyway if you feel like reading something slightly bizarre.
So, if you have a nostril preference, please, pretty please leave me a comment 😀 Or even if you have ever heard of anyone else with such a thing!
Even if you don’t, feel free to leave one saying you think I’m barking! Woof! 😉 Or tell about some weird preference you have that you think might be unique 🙂