Health & Fitness 8 ways to stop hay fever ruining your sleep

16:20  30 april  2021
16:20  30 april  2021 Source:   countryliving.com

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Are seasonal allergies ruining your sleep? For many hay fever sufferers, sleeping with the allergy can be problematic and frustrating, often leading to sleep deprivation.

"More than 20% of the UK population suffer from allergies that can be triggered by a range of things in our bedrooms, including dust mites, mould and bacteria," Steve Adams, CEO at Mattress Online, says. "As online searches are increasing between midnight and four am for 'hay fever sleep', it suggests that many Brits are kept awake by our allergies."

Some of the common hay fever symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing, ranging from mild irritation to more severe effects. If you're struggling to fall asleep soundly, take a look at some of the simple things you can do...

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1. Dab petroleum jelly on your nostrils to trap pollen particles before you breathe it in. A small smear around the edge of your nostrils should do the trick.

2. Create a pollen barrier by throwing a spare sheet over your duvet during the day.

3. If you have pets, try to keep them out of the bedroom. Steve adds: "Keep pets out of the bedroom to reduce dust and allergens. If your pets do get onto your bed, run a wet rubber glove over your bedding to quickly collect the hair."

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4. Wash your bedding once a week on a 60°C wash to kill pollen particles. If you find you are struggling to sleep, you could change your sheets more often.

5. Rinse your eyes and nose with fresh water before bed.

6. Tie back long hair when going to sleep to stop pollen falling onto your face.

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7. Shut all your windows and doors to prevent pollen particles making their way from outside. During the summer months when pollen levels are high, keep your windows shut during the day, too.

8. Take an antihistamine half an hour before bed.

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Plus, the Country Living editor who's allergic to her jobIn the UK, the season can now stretch for seven months of the year, beginning with the release of tree pollen in March, peaking in June and July with grass pollen and carrying on until September when weed pollen and fungal spores spread. Antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays are still the go-to remedy for many, but for those looking to add to their allergy-fighting armoury or more natural solutions, we’ve cherry-picked some of the best.

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