How do allergies affect sleep?

Allergies are very common all year round, but symptoms can worsen during the Spring/Summer months due to increased pollen. This can not only have an affect on you during the day, but when it comes to bedtime the problem can be worse.

Allergies can affect all aspects of sleep. Individuals with allergic rhinitis are significantly more likely to suffer from sleep issues, including:   

  • Insomnia.

  • Trouble falling asleep

  • Trouble staying asleep

  • Increased snoring

  • Increased risk for sleep apnea

  • Poor sleep efficiency

  • Short sleep

These symptoms can cause us to have a poor night’s sleep and then struggle during the day. It’s important to tackle allergies at night to prepare for a good night’s sleep to ensure a good start to the day. We’ve put together some methods that can help to eliminate and ease the symptoms of allergies when you go to bed..

Use an air purifier

During the day, the air in our home can become filled with allergy-triggering pollen, dust, pet hair, etc. Using an air purifier can help eliminate allergens.

Close windows and doors

Having your window wide open during the day is a bad idea, as this invites allergens inside that can become attached to your bed sheets and furniture.

Keep pets out of the bedroom

If you find that you’re allergic to your pets, keep them out of your bedroom to ensure you’re getting a good sleep.

Keep all furniture as dust free as possible

Furniture is a great place for dust to cling to, including skin and hair that build up to form mounds of debris. Avoid clutter, as this is a great place for dust to build up.

Ensure that you are keeping areas that collect dust easily clean every week.

Shower before bed

This is a great tip, especially on days where the pollen count is high. Wash any trace of pollen away, ensuring you’re clean before getting into bed.

Take allergy medicine at night

Many people believe that taking allergy medicine in the morning has the best affect. But actually, taking it at night ensures the dose of medication is still strong in your system when you go to bed, instead of wearing off in the middle of the night.

Do speak to your doctor first before switching your dosage or time it is taken.

Switch up your laundry routine

After spending time outside, especially during high pollen count days, take your clothes off when you come inside the house and put them in the laundry room straight away. Never hang your clothes outside to dry. If possible, use a dryer instead.

Speak to your doctor

If all else fails and your allergies become very severe, do speak to your doctor to see what other help you can get. You’re not alone in suffering, as it is estimated that 10 million brits are thought to suffer with hay fever.

 

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Reference: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/allergies-and-sleep 

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