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23rd Apr 2024

Are hay fever symptoms ruining your sleep? Here’s what can help

Jody Coffey

hay fever

‘Tis the season!

While some see blooming flowers as the beginning of spring, hay fever sufferers sense its arrival through a variety of symptoms.

From excessive sneezing and itching to watery eyes and coughing, springtime can be like preparing for battle for those with seasonal allergic rhinitis.

In these brighter evenings, the pollen settles, which can make symptoms even more aggravating at night.

Hay fever sufferers will likely agree that one of the most infuriating consequences of having this allergy has got to be the sleep disturbances caused by these aggravating symptoms.

Luckily, there are a few things we can do to lower the chances of being kept awake all night with them and hopefully have a restful sleep despite our allergy.

Interior experts at Online-Bedrooms have compiled a list of easy but effective ways to help those suffering from hay fever get a better night’s sleep.

Take a shower before bed

Unbeknownst to us, we may be bringing pollen into our homes via our clothing, hair, and/or pets.

As it can linger, incorporating a shower into your nighttime routine to wash away any existing pollen may reduce a symptom attack overnight.

Keep the windows closed

While the days may be warmer, do you really want to risk a pollen shower inside your bedroom?

Experts advise anyone with hay fever to keep their bedroom windows closed to prevent pollen from settling on their bed and in other areas of their room.

Use an air purifier

If you have an air purifier, consider moving it into our bedroom while we endure the hay fever season, at least.

Air purifiers take in unwanted particles like pollen and release purified air back into the room, which also helps those suffering from allergies related to dust mites and pet hairs.

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Be mindful of pets

While we love our fluffy family members and delight in having brighter walks, pollen infiltrates your home via your pet.

Keep in mind that pollen can linger on our pets so it’s also worth keeping them out of the bedroom and off our beds to prevent the spread of pollen.

Take antihistamines

This may seem straightforward but it’s easy to forget the power of antihistamines when we’re out of the habit of taking them during the colder months.

If you haven’t started using them to ease symptoms, it’s worth taking some over-the-counter antihistamines once a day to keep your allergies at bay.

This, in turn, can lead to a more peaceful night’s sleep.

Wash your bedding regularly

Sometimes no matter what we do, there’s no escaping or preventing pollen particles in our homes or bedrooms.

To avoid taking any risks, it’s a good idea to wash your bedding more frequently during hay fever season,

Drink water throughout the day

The last thing any hay fever sufferer wants is to increase their body’s histamine levels (this makes symptoms feel worse).

If we become dehydrated, we risk boosting histamine levels.

To avoid this, make sure you are drinking water throughout the day.



Hay Fever,Health