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Sleep Survival: Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, except for a dastardly James Bond villain. For people who suffer from allergies, a night of tossing and turning because of a stuffed nose, watery eyes, and scratchy throat can lead to fatigue.

As if that isn't bad enough, it can also affect your mood and job performance, and can impair your driving ability.

For allergy sufferers who are tired from sleep disruption, there are some bedroom strategies and simple things you can do to catch some zzz’s.

For pollen sufferers:

• Take a shower and wash your hair before you go to bed, especially on high pollen days.

• Before you enter the bedroom change your clothing to eliminate pollen spreading to your bed sheets.

• Wipe your dogs down with a wet paper towel after they have been outside.

• Say no to the hair gel which, like a dog's hair, can catch pollen and carry it into your home.

• Do not line-dry your clothes on high pollen days.

• Wear a pollen mask and gloves when cutting the grass or working outdoors.

• Avoid window fans as they may transmit the pollen indoors.

For pet and dander allergies:

• Wipe your pets down with a wet paper towel after they have been outside.

• Don’t forget to wipe their paws.

• Don’t let your pets into the bedroom.

• If your pets need to be with you, don’t let them on the bed.

• Wash your dog once a week.

• Wash your hands after you touch your pet and don’t touch your eyes.

For dust mites:

• Purchase dust mite covers for your pillows, mattress, and comforter.

• Wash sheets in hot water and dry them in the dryer.

• Keep the room cool as dust mites like warm and damp conditions.

Helpful tips for those who suffer with allergies:

• Wash blankets monthly.

• Wash your sheets in hot water.

• Do not line dry towels, sheets, etc. on high pollen days.

• Vacuum your couch and bedding weekly.

• Dust your bedroom regularly.

• Wash and vacuum curtains at the change of every season.

• Use an air purifier.

• Keep windows closed. Use a window air conditioner instead of a window fan.

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We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.


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