There’s a high chance you’ve got an allergy if you wake up with rashes on your hands and body. Don’t worry. You are not the only one suffering from allergies.
More than a third of the US population suffers from allergies, nasal congestion, and discomfort which disturb their sleep. Eliminating the cause for the allergy, like the wrong mattress or blanket, bed bugs, and pollen is the best way to prevent future allergy outbreaks.
It’s not only your bedding and mattress material which triggers an allergy. Even dust mites, pet dander, some foods and medications, and insect bites are all triggers.
Choose your bedding wisely
This shows that cost or brand is not important while choosing to bed, especially if you have allergies. What’s more important for a good night’s sleep is making your choice based on comfort and material. It’s because some materials are allergens.
But not everyone suffers from the same allergies, nor are they triggered by the same allergens. This is why you have to find out your trigger, which prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleep tips to get rid for allergens
Clean the air
Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to filter the air in your bedroom. It has to be maintained well with regular cleaning, and periodically changing its filters. You also need to regularly vacuum your floors and furniture, places where you are most likely to find allergens.
Check humidity levels
If you don’t use air-conditioning, you may need a dehumidifier to reduce the room’s moisture. You may, however, require a humidifier if the air’s too dry. If you do use one, make sure you clean and replace the water to prevent possible mold growth. Don’t over humidify your home because mold flourishes in places with excess humidity.
While fresh air and a breeze can cool you down, it also lets allergens into the room. Keeping windows closed to prevent this is much better than suffering from cold and nasal congestion. Also, avoid using heavy fabrics for curtains. They are not only difficult to clean, but also attract dust to trigger allergies.
- No to pets
If you’ve always slept with pets, it’s time to stop the habit. Their fur, and the allergens they carry into the house, easily trigger an allergy.
Choose and use hypoallergenic beds and bedding
You tend to shed skin while sleeping. With dust mites feeding off this dead skin, it’s no wonder they make your mattress their home. This is why you need an allergy resistant mattress, blankets and bedding for your bedroom.
Choose mattresses and sheets made of naturally hypoallergenic, organic materials like cotton. Using a dust mite cover to cover your mattress also helps protect it from possible infestation.
Using heavy blankets made of inner 100% breathable and hypoallergenic cotton also gives a good night’s sleep. Its weight also helps overcome anxiety so that you relax and quickly fall asleep.
It goes without saying that you have to regularly clean your sheets, and dry them in the sun or dryer. You also have to periodically air your mattress outdoors to get rid of mites, dust, and allergens.
The bedroom is meant for sleeping
Don’t forget to get rid of all the clutter in your bedroom. Shift books, magazines and decorative things outside so that you don’t have much dusting to do. Never store things under your bed because it only ends up inviting more dust.
Importance of sleeping well
These in-house sources for allergies can lead to insomnia because it’s easier breathing through your clear nose than when it’s congested. Even breathing through the mouth leads to uncomfortably dry lips and throat which makes it even more difficult to sleep.
It’s very important that you get a good night’s sleep. It gives your body time to refresh, repair muscles and to strengthen the immune system. You end up tired in the day if you don’t get a good night’s sleep.
You don’t get up feeling fresh as you should. This hampers your productivity and affects your mood. Besides, chronic sleep deprivation also reduces your body immunity levels, to increase the risks of type 2 and cardiovascular diseases.
Eliminating all the allergens in the bedroom prevents all of this, and also helps you sleep better.