Sleep Better During Allergy Season
We are currently in the midst of allergy season and with that comes a lot of tissues, disrupted night’s sleep and of course sneezing! Allergy season is difficult to combat. especially when the pollen count is high and we often find ourselves wishing away the summer so that we can finally breathe again. However there are a couple of ways to ensuring that you survive this allergy season with your sleep and sanity intact!
With constant sneezing, sniffling and runny noses, it can seem like it’s impossible to get a decent night’s sleep during peak allergy season. Sleep is just as important to your health as diet and exercise so allowing yourself to scrimp on sleep during summer will only end up having negative effects on your health. Many of us don’t consider sleep to be important to our lives and often put other areas of our life first such as work commitments. Here’s a few reasons why sleep is so important to our health:
- Sleeping less than 7 hours each night reduces your life expectancy
- Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of up to 2 pounds a week
- Sleep deprivation can lead to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes
- Lack of sleep can have the same effects on the body as being intoxicated
How to Improve Your Sleep During Allergy Season
Now that we are aware of the implications of the lack of sleep, let’s talk about the ways which you can improve your sleep so that you won’t be at risk of any of them. During allergy season it may seem like the only way to get any sleep is with antihistamines and a little bit of hope but there are some easier (and more realistic) solutions
Switch Your Sleeping Surface
You may think that it’s the air or the season that is causing your allergies to flare up but the truth of it is that it may be your bed that’s causing you to sneeze. Sleeping on a traditional coil mattress may be the main problem. Why? Mattresses such as the coil ones have a lot of empty gaps throughout the construction, these gaps make for the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and bed bugs. This is not something which you’ll like to hear but it’s the truth, if you have had your mattress for a long period of time or don’t use a Mattress Protector then you are at a much great risk of infestation.
A simple way to solve this problem is to switch your traditional mattress for a Memory Foam Mattress. The unique compressed construction of Memory Foam Mattresses make it impossible for bed bugs and dust mites to inhibit and breed. Dust mites are a leading cause of allergies in the bedroom and once they’re in a mattress, they’re virtually impossible to remove. If you think that you’re in need of a new mattress then have a look at our wide range of Memory Foam Mattresses online, all of which are 100% hypo-allergenic and antibacterial.
Remove Pets From the Bedroom
Sleeping with pets can dramatically heighten and worsen your allergies. Many of us are allergic to pet dander which comes off our pets fur, this dander can cause reactions similar to that of hayfever leaving us with red eyes and a runny nose. The easy solution is to ban your pets from the bedroom and let them sleep in another room, preferably a couple of rooms from your room. After removing your pets from your sleeping environment, you should be able to notice a massive reduction in your allergy symptoms.
Close Your Windows
It’s always nice to let a little fresh air into your bedroom to stop it from getting too stuffy but that fresh air could be filled with pollen. Peak times for pollen to be emitted tend to be between 5am and 10am so if you are prone to opening your windows while you’re getting ready for work then switch your routine around. Instead of airing your room with fresh air, simply keep your bedroom door open and air it into the rest of the house.
Allergy season can be incredibly stressful for those of us who suffer so we hope that these three simple steps will ease your conditions. If you’d like to read similar posts on improving allergy symptoms then browse through our Allergy Section in our blog.