Allergy sufferers know firsthand that watery eyes, stuffed noses andbreathing problems aren’t the only common side effects of allergens; fatigue is equally as debilitating. But why, and how can you combat it?

  Allergens such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites interfere with breathing and prevent you from getting a good night’s rest. It’s been shown that children and adults that are affected with allergy-induced fatigue have fragmented sleep patterns as opposed to a continuous deep sleep, so their bodies never fully rest. These sleepless nights can lead to jitteriness, grogginess and lack of alertness.   These tips can help combat allergy-induced fatiguefor a better night’s sleep:   1. Discover what you are allergic to and avoid allergen-infected areas. For example, if you are allergic to pollen use the air conditioner while indoors and in your car. 2. Use a humidifier in winter to fight respiratory conditions and a dehumidifier in summer, when heat makes it hard to sleep. Also try using a low-cost home hygrometer to help keep humidity below 50 percent – dust mites thrive in higher humidity environments. 3. Use allergen-barrier bedding products that block the allergens that collect in your pillow and mattress. One example: Aller Ease features a microfiber barrier fabric to help asthma and allergy sufferers breathe easier and waterproof technology to keep the pillow clean and fresh. 4. Use a saline spray or wash instead of an oral or nasal decongestant which can increase your heart rate, making it difficult to sleep. Stay on a schedule. Whether you got to bed late and wake late or go to bed early and rise early, you will sleep much better if you stick to a consistent routine – even on the weekends.  

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