Everyone knows what it’s like to be tired. Maybe from time to time you don’t sleep well and have to fight heavy eyelids at work the next day. But if you’re feeling tired and run-down all the time it’s possible that something more is going on than just sleep deprivation. Constant fatigue could be caused from any number of health problems. A very common cause of constant fatigue is allergies.
Why Am I Awake? - How Allergies Affect Sleep
As if being miserable during the day isn't enough, allergy symptoms can affect you while you sleep, sometimes keeping you up at night. According to a study done by The Asthma & Allergy Foundation, 59% of allergy sufferers say they have trouble sleeping because of their symptoms. Your immune system’s response to breathing in allergens actually disrupts your body’s systems that help regulate your sleep. Swollen nasal passages make breathing difficult, often making sleep impossible.
Unfortunately there’s no way to cure your allergies. But there are several steps you can take to ease your allergy symptoms in order to get a better night’s sleep.
Put Your Bedding on Lockdown
One of the easiest ways to prevent allergens from triggering symptoms at night is to keep them far away from where you sleep. Allergens in mattresses can cause extra suffering while you’re sleeping. It is recommended by allergists to use mattress encasements and pillow covers to protect your bed from allergens. These products fully encase your mattress and other bedding, keeping allergens such as dust mites, pet dander and pollen from settling into the fibers of your bed.
Take Allergy Medication
One of the most common ways to manage allergy symptoms is to take over-the-counter allergy medication. Allergy medications are typically either antihistamines or decongestants. These drugs will help directly combat your symptoms while you sleep.It is important to note though, that allergy medications can sometimes leave you feeling a little groggy in morning depending on what you take and how it affects your body. You should consult with a doctor before trying a new medication to help control your allergy symptoms.
Get a Warm Shower or Bath Before Bed
This natural remedy has multiple benefits for allergy sufferers. First of all, by getting a shower or bath right before bed, you will ensure that you’ve cleaned any allergens off of your skin that you may have picked up during the day. Another benefit of a warm bath or shower is the steam from warm water will help loosen any congestion and allow you to breathe easier while you sleep.
It’s also important to remember other tips for getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping because of allergy symptoms you will definitely want to be sure not to drink caffeine right before bed. This will make sleep even more difficult. However getting a good night’s sleep with allergies is possible! What measures work best for you when it’s comes to easing your allergy symptoms for sleep?