Don't Let Fall Allergies Steal Your Sleep!
By Donna Stark
It was a cruel spring for people with allergies. Unfortunately, the cruelty is back again, only this time with a vengeance. If they haven't already, fall allergies are just about to hit and even though most people know what to expect, they can still be taken by surprise. The symptoms are merciless, and while the sneezing, congestion, irritated eyes, and scratchy throat are definitely more than an annoyance, they may not impact your days as much as the one symptom that can really send you into a downward spiral ... loss of sleep.
What Is Keeping You Awake?
There are so many factors that can contribute to your loss of sleep during the fall allergy season, but before we talk about solutions, let's take a look at what can be keeping you awake.
- Allergy symptoms - Many allergy sufferers will often find it difficult to get quality sleep. After all, it isn't easy to fall asleep while you are sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, or having trouble breathing, is it? And if you can fall asleep, your symptoms can still lead to a lot of tossing and turning under your covers.
- Medicine - The risk of taking prescribed or over-the-counter medication is that you may have to deal with unwanted side effects. Many allergy medications contain decongestants, which can keep you awake, or antihistamines, which can cause daytime drowsiness. Both of these can cause disruptions to your sleep patterns.
What Can You Do?
Fortunately, there are a couple of precautions you can take so that you can rest up and avoid the poor sleep that you had with your springtime allergies. Here are some suggestions.
- Clear out those dust mites - Wash your sheets and covers regularly and invest in a good mattress cover.
- Shower before bed - Take a shower and rinse off before you hit the sack
- Close your windows - Keep your windows and doors to the house shut during this time of year if you are particularly susceptible to pollen
- Clean your air filters - Be sure to clean and change the air filters in your home as needed
- Check the news - Check the pollen count every day and limit your outdoor exposure on those days when it is high
- Get adjusted - Regular chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate and reduce your allergy symptoms without the need for any type of medication
Don't let allergies stand in your way of getting the sleep you deserve! By making some simple changes to your daily routine, you will be able to better manage your allergy problems and wake up feeling completely refreshed and ready for the day ahead!
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