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Allergy sufferers can really struggle to sleep and, if your sleep is continuously disrupted, your overall health can be affected. Here you can learn how to sleep better during allergy season by following these helpful tips and tricks; they work wonders!
Say No to a Nightcap
No matter how tempting it is to have a night cap, be it a cheeky glass of wine or a tempting glass of Baileys and milk, it’s not a good idea when you have hay fever. Why? Well, classic symptoms such as coughing, itching and sneezing can become even more uncomfortable after alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, more so if you’re a woman.
This is because most alcoholic drinks contain histamine, the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms. Ditch that nightcap and you’ll sleep much easier at night.
Wash Your Sheets Regularly
It’s oh-so easy to allow life to get in the way when it comes to staying on top of your laundry. However, when it comes to your bedding, it’s important to stay ahead of the game. Make it mandatory to wash your sheets at least once a week and, to truly sanitise your sheets, use a hot cycle.
If you leave your sheets any longer, you’re allowing dust, pollen and dead skin to build up, all of which will set off your allergy symptoms. Launder your sheets regularly or, if you think it’s time to go out with the old and in with new, replace your mattress.
Keep Your Pets Out of Your Bedroom
While it may be heart-breaking to leave your precious pooch or favourite feline friend downstairs, it could do you a world of good. Many people do not realise that they are allergic to pet dander, misconstruing their itchy nose or repetitive sneezes for something else.
Play it safe and make your bedroom an out of bounds area for your pets.
Remember to Take Your Allergy Tablets at Nights
It’s all very well taking your short-acting allergy tablets in the morning, but the effects of these have most likely worn off by the time you get into bed. Remember to take another dose before you hit the pillow to ensure that you keep those sleep-thieving sniffles and sneezes at bay.
If you’re unlikely to remember, set an alarm on your phone so you can benefit from your much-needed allergy tablets while you sleep.
Shower Before Bed
Clear your sinuses by having a hot, steamy shower before you hit the sack. This will ensure that you wash off any dust and pollen that you may have collected on your skin and in your hair during the day.
For extra decongestion power, try showering with eucalyptus – an oil that will effortlessly clear your sinuses and soothe your throat; just what you need before you lie down for the night.
About the Author – Joy Richards is the sleep and wellness specialist at Happy Beds. The UK’s fastest-growing online bed store is dedicated to improving quality of sleep. Visit the website today and read Joy’s helpful blogs about sleep science, style advice and more.