Allergies and Sleep: Are Your Allergies Causing Sleep Issues?

June 23rd, 2020

It’s so refreshing to see your garden start to bloom with gorgeous azaleas, gardenias, and rose bushes, but such beauty can also point to the start of allergy season. Referred to as allergy rhinitis, seasonal allergies can cause you to sneeze, cough, have itchy and watery eyes, a runny nose and trouble breathing. If dealing with allergies while you’re awake isn’t tough enough, allergies also dramatically affect your ability to sleep well. But don’t lose hope; there are still answers for all the allergy sufferers out there! We’ll dive into the particulars of allergies, how it affects different people, and ways to combat the symptoms so you can sleep, live, and feel better.

When is Allergy Season?

Allergy season can affect you differently depending on what you’re allergic to and the geographic area where you live. Generally, allergies impact you at different times throughout the four seasons. If your allergies seem to be triggered by the changing of the seasons, you could be dealing with allergies related to trees, grass, pollen or ragweed. If your allergies seem to be persistent throughout the entire year, then you are probably dealing with an allergy related to dust mites, mold or pet dander.

Allergies and Your Sleep

Allergy symptoms can wreak havoc on your life—whether awake or asleep. The effects of allergies can cause you to experience daily fatigue. And if you’re waking up all night from sneezing and coughing, or are having trouble breathing during your sleep, the fatigue can be considerably worse. These symptoms are detrimental to your sleep routine and can leave you feeling tired throughout the day. Extreme allergies can lead to chronic snoring problems or obstructive sleep apnea, both of which cause sleep problems that can be harmful to your health. It’s especially important to keep an eye on these symptoms if you have a child that’s dealing with allergy rhinitis.

Solving Allergy Issues

So, what can you do to be rid of those pesky allergies, so you sleep and feel better? It’s typically a good idea schedule an appointment with your doctor to figure out what kind of allergies you’re suffering from, so you get the best care plan. In the meantime, take advantage of over-the-counter prescriptions, eye-drops or shots that can ease your symptoms and help you sleep better. Sometimes solving your allergy issues requires lifestyle changes like having your pet sleep outside, removing the carpet in your home, or installing air purifiers throughout your house. Every allergy case is different, so you may need to do some trial and error to find what’s best for you.

Allergies can affect your sleep quality, but if you stay proactive and reach out to your care provider, you can implement the steps needed to battle your allergies and get the sleep your body needs.

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June 23rd, 2020

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