DURING ALLERGY SEASON
Nighttime allergy sufferers, you’re not alone. 20% of Americans are affected by allergies, making it the 6th leading chronic illness in the U.S. Allergy season is tough enough without adding sleep deprivation into the mix, so follow these tips below to get a good night’s sleep during allergy season.
SHOWER BEFORE BED
When you’re outdoors, you collect pollen in your hair and on your skin and clothes. Shower when you come indoors to keep it from spreading throughout your home and onto your bed.This will reduce the amount of pollen you’re exposed to during bedtime, which will help you breathe better. A hot shower before bed can also help open nasal cavities and help you decompress from the day.
DEVELOP WEEKLY AND MONTHLY CLEANING HABITS
In addition to the pollen you trek into your bedroom from your hair and skin after being outside, dust mite allergens accumulate in your bedding, mattresses, and floors. You can minimize persistent exposure to these allergens by vacuuming regularly, changing your air filters monthly, and washing your sheets and blankets in hot water every week. Many pillows, even those made of feather and down, are also washable, so it’s a good practice to wash them regularly, as well.
CLOSE YOUR WINDOWS AND USE A DEHUMIDIFIER
Open windows allow pollen and other pollutants to enter your home and increase the level of humidity in your home. Close your windows and turn your air conditioner on to keep humidity levels down. Breathe easier by using a dehumidifier, which can also reduce the growth of mold spores.
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE TO REDUCE STRESS
People with allergies who experience regular stress are more likely to have allergy flare-ups. Alleviate them by creating stress-free routines: go to bed and wake up at the same time, eat healthy meals, meditate, and exercise weekly. Doing so can help you sleep better throughout the night.
PREPARE YOUR NOSE AND SINUSES
If nasal congestion is a problem, apply a Breathe Right nasal strip right before bed. They'll open your nasal passages so you can breathe and sleep better.
DURING ALLERGY SEASON
Nighttime Allergy sufferers, you’re not alone. 20% of Americans are affected by allergies, making it the 6th leading chronic illness in the U.S. More...