Sleep Better During Allergy Season
Spring is officially here, and that means anyone who suffers from allergies will soon be troubled once again. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 32% of all adults have allergies, and about 28% of children. The allergy season means you can expect irritated eyes, runny noses, and puffiness in the facial area. Some people bothered by allergies also have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. The Breathing and Sleep Center specializes in treating sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. If you’re bothered by allergies, contact us to schedule a consultation to find a better night’s sleep.
Why do allergies interfere with sleep?
People who suffer from allergies generally experience trigger events when exposed to such things as pet dander, dust mites, and pollen, among others. These allergens work their way into the nasal passages and cause all the familiar symptoms associated with allergies. Bedrooms can be havens for these kinds of allergy triggers, settling into pillows, bedsheets, and blankets to trouble victims. It can help of course, if you frequently wash your bedding, to eliminate these irritants.
However, you probably won’t be able to eliminate the problem simply by being conscientious about laundering your bedding. Nasal congestion tends to be worse at night, and taking extra medication won’t always solve the problem. In fact, some types of allergy medication actually interfere with a good night’s sleep, and this can lead to insomnia and generally poor sleep. It might also cause you to wake frequently at night.
Allergens that commonly affect sleeping
Dust mite allergens are one of the most common triggers for night-time symptoms. These will be present year round, and the best way to eliminate or reduce their presence is through frequent washing. Since they rely on a buildup of dust in the bedroom, this can thwart their proliferation. Pollen is a more seasonal trigger for allergies, and you can lessen its impact by avoiding the outdoors on hot, dry days. You’ll also need to keep doors and windows closed to prevent pollen from invading your household. Mold is another common household trigger, which can best be avoided by lowering the humidity level in your home. Since it requires moisture to grow and spread, this will be an effective counter-measure. Lastly, pet dander can be another powerful agent for triggering allergies. To lessen your exposure to pet dander, avoid sleeping in the same bed with your pet, wash their fur frequently, and don’t allow them to go outside where they can pick up external allergens.
Now that you’re aware of the source for most of the common allergens, you are better equipped to avoid them, and get a good night’s sleep. However, if your problems persist, you should contact the experts at the Breathing and Sleep Center to help you overcome what’s troubling you.