awakeAccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, nearly 60% of nasal allergy sufferers say they have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. Symptoms like irritated eyes, sniffling and sneezing, a scratchy throat and a runny nose make trying to get some shut-eye a challenge. Some of us toss and turn all night, and may be lucky if we can rest for a few hours. Others opt to take anti-allergy medicine and may get more rest during the night, but are often left feeling drowsy and run-down in the morning. This struggle often leaves us wondering if there’s a way to get any relief from nighttime allergy symptoms. While it may not be possible to ever be completely allergy-free, especially during this time of year, there are some measures you can take to get some nighttime relief. 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. Keep Pets Out of the Bedroom If you have furry friends at home, it is a good idea to make the bedrooms of allergy sufferers off-limits to them. Pet dander can easily linger in the bedroom, especially if your cat or dog has been laying on the bed. Keep bedroom doors closed or use a safety gate to keep pets from entering. Keep Windows Closed and Air Conditioning On Sleeping with the windows open on a cool spring night is something many people enjoy. But open windows will allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Keep windows shut at all times. Try using a window air conditioning unit to cool your bedroom and filter the allergens from the outside air. Wash Children’s Stuffed Animals This is something you don’t want to skip if your children suffer from allergies. Stuffed animals often get overlooked when it’s time to wash bedding, but your son or daughter’s favorite teddy bear can become a hotbed for dust mites and other allergens if it’s not cleaned regularly. If your child sleeps with unwashed stuffed animals, their allergies will flare up all night. Protect your child from these unnecessary allergens by washing their stuffed animals weekly in hot water. If a particular stuffed animal can’t be washed, place it in a freezer bag and leave it in the freezer overnight. This will also kill dust mites and eliminate allergens.   Allergies can be agonizing, but there’s no need to lose a good night’s rest because of them. We hope these tips help you catch some z’s this allergy season. What other ways do you ease your nighttime allergies?