Allergy-Induced Sleeplessness Is Nothing to Sneeze At!
Here's How to Sooth Your Springtime Sniffles
Achoo! ‘Tis the season for clogged noses, watery eyes, and sneezing up a (spring) storm. Chances are, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, they’re affecting how you function at night just as much as how you function during the day. Great sleep already eludes many of us and all that nasal congestion can really put a damper on things, especially after the sun goes down.
What’s Causing the Problem?
A bunch of things, actually. Allergens don’t have to be from all that pollen floating around outside; they can be hiding out right in your home, too. An article from the National Sleep Foundation suggests that your pets, dust and mold, and even certain household cleaners can all be causing you to reach for the tissues.
For the allergy-sufferer, these external irritants are treated as dangerous to your body, which is why it goes to such extreme measures to fend off these barbaric invasions. This mini war between your immune system and the allergens leads to overproduction of chemicals that cause you to sneeze, blow, and otherwise expel these pesky annoyances until they’re gone.
Planning for a Better Night’s Sleep
While it’s difficult to avoid stepping outside every spring and running into a bit of hay fever, there are steps you can take to make your bedtime (and sleep!) a little less allergy-friendly and a little more restful. In addition to positive sleep habits—like keeping your bedroom cool and dark, cutting out the caffeine late at night, and leaving those electronic devices behind—controlling triggers like pets and unwashed pillowcases can help you get the rest you need, even during the height of allergy season.
Start with Pre-Bed Prep
Spend a day out in the elements and you’ll most likely be bringing some of it back into your house, so make it a point to have designated clothing drop-offs that aren’t located in your bedroom. In addition, taking a hot shower will not only help wash away existing pollen, it will help ease congestion. Finishing off the evening with a cup of tea will also help clear your nasal passages.
Swap the Sheets
Changing bed sheets and pillowcases often is a good idea in general, but during allergy season, it’s important that your linens stay fresh and clean to avoid additional irritation while sleeping. A pillow clogged with anything from leftover pollen to dust mites will make for a stuffy nose and restless sleep. If a regular wash routine isn’t doing the trick, try plastic covers as added protection.
Opt for Sleeping Pet-Free
For some of us, snuggling up to our furry favorite is the perfect way to end a long day. But if you’re suffering from allergies, having them in the bedroom with you could be one reason why you’re still sneezing all night. If you have trouble keeping Fido on the other side of the door, opt to designate a spot in the room (instead of the other side of your bed), and clean and vacuum often to keep pet dander and fur under control.
Going the Extra Step
Allergies are nothing short of a nuisance, especially when they interfere with a good night’s sleep. Talk with your doctor about medications to help relieve symptoms. If you think that your symptoms are worsening or you experience trouble breathing, seek help immediately.
If you’re controlling your allergies and implementing positive sleep habits, and you still feel like something’s missing, it may be time for a new mattress or pillow. At Jonathan Stevens, we’ll help you shop and discover what works best for you, allergies or not. Start now by taking the Mattress Finder Quiz and then visit us at one of our eight convenient locations.
How do you combat spring allergies to get a better night’s sleep? We’d love to hear your tips on beating sleeplessness this season.