“They’re just allergies”
If you suffer from allergies you probably heard this sentence a lot. Allergies, especially the seasonal ones, are often seen as a minor inconvenience. After all, it’s just a few sneezes here, and a runny nose there, right? Wrong. More than itchy eyes and horrible nights because of a stuffy nose, they also often cause asthma.
Around 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, which is a whopping 15% of the whole American population. Allergies are also the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. All the more reasons to start taking them a little more seriously.
According to a study, the severity of the allergy can have quite a negative impact on one's sleep quality! And with spring in full swing, a season almost synonymously known as "allergy season", millions of Americans are at a higher risk for an uncomfortable night's rest.
Stepping out of the shower in the morning can really brighten one's mood. The feeling of being refreshed can change one's attitude and outlook for the day! However, switching to a night-time routine would benefit in the long term.
Exposure to pollen, pet fur, and freshly bloomed flowers can trigger seasonal allergies. And with 19 million Americans diagnosed with hay fever in 2018, the sleepless nights for many only continue. Showering at night can help get rid of all the pollen and dust that have been carried around your hair, clothes, and socks. According to Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology specialist, Neeta Ogden, you should hop under the shower and wash your hair as soon as you get home. Putting your pollen-covered head on your pillow and sleeping all night on it will trigger a reaction.
So, before hitting the hay, hit the showers!
10-20% of people worldwide are allergic to pet dander and fur. And even if you’re not allergic to your pet, chances are they are still carrying pollen around the house.
It may be tempting to snuggle up with your pet at night after a long stressful day, but refraining from it can help relieve your allergies during the night. And even if you don’t sleep with your pet, keep them out of the bedroom. It will prevent them from shedding their fur and dander, as well as pollen, around the place.
A pet-free zone might be hard, but a sleepless night will make the next day a whole lot harder.
This next one is for all the fitness enthusiasts! Pollen counts are the worst in the early morning (5:00 AM to 10:00 AM) and again at dusk, so try planning your workouts around that.
When you have to go out at these times, try wearing a face mask that can filter out pollen. As soon as you get home, wash out your eyes and nose with saline solution to remove pollen. (Don't have saline solution? Make your own)
Also avoid outdoor exercise on warm, dry windy days, that’s when the most pollen is produced.
This one may not come as a surprise to many. After all, stress has been linked to many health complications, such as heart disease, asthma, chronic migraines to name a few.
According to a study, people with higher levels of stress tend to have more frequent allergy flares. They also found that there is a relation between negative moods and allergy flare-ups.
We know that it might seem impossible not to stress, especially in these times. Now, more than ever, it's important to practice self-care and finding healthy ways to relieve stress.
When was the last time you changed your pillow, honestly? You might really like your pillow, but did you know that it may be one of the key triggers for your night-time allergies?
During the night, you shed dead skin which is a feast for dust mites! And that’s not the only thing hiding in there: bacteria, fungi, and mold call your pillow home too.
Washing your pillow regularly can extend its lifetime, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, you should replace your pillow at least every 1-2 years.
Allergies are the worst and unfortunately, allergy season will get worse and worse (thank you, climate change...). We already know how vital good sleep is, so it's great to know that there are some actions you can take to help you sleep better even during allergy season.
Did you know that our AirGrip Pillow can help you against allergies too? It's super breathable and more importantly machine-washable.
Being able to quickly throw a pillow in the washing machine to clean it can be a real game-changer. The specially coated micro airballs do not absorb water and let air flow between them, to evacuate any oil or dead skin cells away from your face. That means no mold and no dust mites. So if you regularly suffer from allergies, it might be worth a try.
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