It can be lovely to see trees and flowers bloom, but such beauty can also be accompanied by allergies. Referred to as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, allergies can cause sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, and other symptoms. If dealing with allergies while you’re awake isn’t tough enough, allergies can also affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep, which can lead to daytime fatigue. But don’t lose hope; there are answers for the allergy sufferers out there! We’ll dive into the particulars of allergies and sleep and how to combat allergy symptoms, so you can sleep, live, and feel better.
Types of Allergies
Allergies affect people differently depending on many factors, including the geographic area and the time of year. 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 could be dealing with allergies related to dust mites, mold, pet dander, or other causes.
To learn what other factors might be impacting your sleep, a good place to start is downloading the free SleepScore app to track and monitor your nightly Zzzs.
Allergies and Your Sleep
Allergy symptoms can wreak havoc on your life—whether awake or asleep. The effects of allergies cause many people to experience daily fatigue due to poor sleep. And if you’re waking up all night from sneezing and coughing, or are having trouble breathing during your sleep, the fatigue you feel can be considerably worse.
A study on this topic found that people with allergic rhinitis, compared to people without allergies, took longer to fall asleep, slept for fewer total hours, and felt sleepier during the day. They were also more likely to drink alcohol or use sedatives. Overall, they had worse sleep quality, which decreased their quality of life. Not sure if alcohol effects your overall sleep quality? Check out the free SleepScore app to track and monitor your sleep and your alcohol intake.
Solving Allergy Issues
So, what can you do to help get rid of allergies, so you sleep and feel better?
Schedule an appointment with your doctor to figure out what kind of allergies you’re suffering from.
Check out some over-the counter medications. Just be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist that the medication is right for you.
Keeping windows closed when pollen counts are high. Use air conditioning in your car or at home and regularly change the filters.
Every allergy case is different, and often a combination of treatments and strategies will be needed. Therefore, you may need to do some trial and error to learn what’s best for you. Allergies can certainly impact your sleep, but if you stay proactive and reach out to your doctor, you can start taking steps now to control your allergies and get the sleep that your body and mind needs.
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