In our busy lives, any time-crunch can chop away the number of hours we should be sleeping. When we have things getting in the way of sleeping, like allergies, it can make that challenge even bigger. Even though there are many allergy medications available, one of the best ways to not be affected is by limiting your exposure to the things you are allergic to, whether you are awake or asleep. Allergens can stop you from sleeping as much as you should, which lowers your immunity and makes you even more susceptible to illnesses during the day, affecting your quality of life. Here are some ways to combat those allergies and get the good night's sleep you need.
Keep Your Home as Clean and Allergen Free as Possible
For allergy sufferers, cleanliness really is important. Using a fan or opening a bathroom window to clear out excess moisture helps limit mold formation in the bathroom. While airing out is important, so is watching pollen counts, so not too much of it drifts into your home.
The top four allergens that are known to interfere with sleep are dust mites, mold, pet dander, and pollen.
Dusting regularly and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will cut down on allergens in the home. If you have pets, they should not be allowed to sleep with household members who have known allergies because their fur and dander (dead skin cells) can start to set off more of a reaction, making sleep more difficult. Even if you are taking medications, some types of medicine can either make you more drowsy during the day or can actually leave you "charged" at night when you should be sleeping.
Keeping yourself and your bedding clean can also make it easier to escape some of the allergens, and get a good night's sleep. One thing that can help with this is using hypoallergenic sheets and pillow cases, like those made by BSensible. BSensible carries fitted sheets, travel pillows, and pillow protectors from play-yard size all the way to King sized, and all of these products are certified by the British Allergy Foundation.
The British Allergy Foundation seal assures that these products have been quality tested to be allergen-friendly. It's considered to be a step above an "organic" seal because even natural materials often trigger allergies. BSensible products are well known for their ability to protect against excess moisture from various sources from leaky diapers to bedwetting or even night sweats — all on a natural fabric that is softer than cotton and treated with zinc oxide to help fight bacteria as you sleep. BSensible sheets are also easy to care for and machine washable, so you can wash them as many times as you need to.