Unfortunately for some of us, hay fever season is now only around the corner. Starting in late March and ending in September, hay fever sufferers can often feel attacked for nearly all of spring and summer! The pollen season is split into three sections; tree pollen affects us from late March to mid-May, grass pollen flares up from mid-May to July and weed pollen is prevalent from the end of June to September.
Did you know that 95% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen? What’s more, alcohol can worsen your symptoms too; beer, wine or spirits actually contain histamine, which is the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms in your body. So, for those of you who are dreading the upcoming hay fever season, you’re probably looking for solutions left, right and centre!
Allergy sufferers struggle with symptoms like a bunged up nose and sneezing, or sometimes it’s as bad as asthma or eczema. Nuts, pollen and dust are the most common allergens that we meet in our daily lives, with dust being one of the most annoying!
Sleeping in hay fever season
Allergy UK discovered that around 87% of those surveyed admitted their sleep is severely affected by hay fever in the spring and summer months. However, there are many different tips you can follow to help reduce the effects of hay fever, making sure you get a good night’s sleep through the summer. Many people will take tablets to combat the symptoms of hay fever, but there are so many other things you can do to help as well.
Showering before bed can help to get rid of any pollen that has stuck to your skin and hair throughout the day; this means it will transfer to your bed and make your symptoms worse through the night! You should also consider keeping your bedroom window shut to stop any pollen getting into the room; this can sometimes be tricky in the hot weather, but your nose will thank you later for it. Dust or vacuum your bedroom regularly to get rid of any pollen that has floated into your room through the day too.
If you suffer from hay fever, you should wash and change your bedding regularly as it can help to remove traces of pollen. What’s more, fresh bedding is always so much more comfortable to sleep in! Make sure you don’t hang your sheets outside to dry; this will defeat the whole point as they will be infused with pollen by the time you bring them inside.
Buying anti-allergy bedding can be a huge step in helping to reduce your symptoms. Anti-allergy bedding will have been treated in a way that deters allergens like dust mites, which can add to your sleep troubles. Likewise, hypoallergenic bedding will be made from materials that are less likely to trigger allergies. We recommend having both anti-allergy pillows and duvets, as this will have a better impact on your sleep quality. The Silentnight Anti-Allergy Duvet – 4.5 tog is perfect for summer, while the Silentnight Anti-Allergy Pillow – 2 Pack will protect your room from dust mites and other bacteria.
So, before hay fever season ruins your sleep routine this summer, make sure you’ve followed our top tips!
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