As the weather changes into the spring season and pollen once again fills the air, allergy season will soon be in full swing across the United States. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), allergies affect nearly 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children; in total, over 50 million Americans. That amounts to countless hours of lost sleep tossing and turning and fighting sinus congestion.
Whether you get a stuffy nose or feel the full effects of allergies and fatigue it brings, we’ve listed a few ways to help you sleep better when the seasons change.
Allergies and Fatigue
In order to understand how to sleep better during allergy season, we first must understand why we feel more tired and drained when the weather changes. On a basic level, allergies are an allergic reaction to something in the air. Allergic reactions kick the immune system into overdrive in an effort to try and rid the body of the irritant. All your energy is funneled to your immune response, leaving you with very little energy for anything else.
Along with sending all your energy to your immune system, allergies cause nasal swelling which disrupts sleep. The swelling allows less air to pass through easily, which makes breathing difficult. Sleeping on a cooling SHEEX® hypoallergenic down alternative pillow could provide relief for stuffy sleepers. Other hypoallergenic bedding options are also available from SHEEX®.
Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Good sleep hygiene involves both cleanliness and routine. During allergy season, it’s very important to keep your bedding clean and wash it frequently to remove pollens and allergens. Your bedroom should also be a cool, dark, relaxing place. SHEEX® Mattress Protector Top + 4Side Protection is designed with liquid-proof membrane and breathable barrier against allergens and dust mites while allowing for airflow to help you stay cool and dry throughout the night.
Establishing a good bedtime routine will help you get the same number of hours of sleep a night or adjust your bedtime accordingly when you’re feeling more tired from the effects of allergies. A bedtime routine can help you unwind from a long day and reach a relaxed state sooner.
Don’t Skip Your Meds
It’s extremely important to remember to take your allergy medications, especially at night. Taking an antihistamine before bed can help reduce swelling in your nasal passages and help you breathe better. Doctors have also recommended flushing out the sinuses with a nasal saline rinse. The saline rinse can help wash away any pollen or allergens that may be trapped in your nose.
Allergy-Proof Your Home
Regardless if you spend a lot of time indoors, or head outside in the yard to enjoy the warm weather, allergy-proofing your home may help fight the effects of allergies and the fatigue it brings. Depending on which part of the country you reside, using a dehumidifier will remove the moisture from the air, which will help prevent bacteria, mold, and mildew from growing. If you’re in a dry climate, a humidifier will add moisture and help prevent dry, itchy skin. Using a high-efficiency air filter in your bedroom will help remove allergens from the air. Maybe it’s time to replace your old mattress teeming with allergens and dander for a brand new SHEEX® AirStream Max Cooling Mattress guaranteed to give you a more restful, quality, and restorative night’s sleep.
Allergies and Where You Live
The AAFA released its yearly USA Allergy CapitalsTM for 2020. Check it out to see if your city is one of the most, or least challenging, places to live with seasonal allergies.
Allergy season can wreak havoc on not only your sinuses but also your sleep. Make sure you remember the tips from above and you’ll be able to fight allergies and fatigue.