If your allergies are keeping you up at night
and interfering with sleep, you’re not alone. Millions of people with allergies
deal with sleep problems. Below, we’ll be focusing on how allergies affect your
sleep and what you can do to sleep better. If you’re curious about other sleep
disorders, visit the Baptist
Health Sleep Center.
Can Allergies Cause Sleep Problems?
Allergies can cause sleep problems because
symptoms like sneezing, itching, runny nose, and mucus formation can cause
breathing problems, which can result in sleep deprivation. In a recent study,
only 17% of patients with allergies rated their sleep as optimal. About half of
the people in the study said that allergies and nasal congestion woke them up
at night and made it difficult to fall asleep.
If your sleep is getting interrupted because of
allergies, don’t despair. There are things you can do to help you get a full night’s
Getting treatment. The best way to get a
good night’s sleep with allergies is to get treated by an allergist. They’ll be
able to find exactly what’s causing your allergies and offer treatments that
can reduce or eliminate your symptoms.
Keeping your house
Outside air is filled with pollen and other allergens that can make your
allergy symptoms worse, so keep your doors and windows shut.
Taking your allergy
medication at night.
Allergy symptoms generally peak early in the morning, around 4 a.m. By taking
your allergy medications at night, you can avoid the symptoms that wake you up.
Taking a shower. Showering before you
go to bed helps wash pollen from your hair and body and keeps allergens out of
Washing out your
Use a Neti Pot or another sinus rinse solution every night to help keep
allergy-causing particles out of your nasal passages. This will also help clear
out excess mucus.
Keeping your pets in
In addition to dander, your pets also carry dust mites, pollen, and other
allergens that can keep you up at night.
Raising your head. Propping your head up
on a pillow can help keep mucus from collecting and can make a difference in
some respiratory allergy symptoms at night.
Changing your pillow
Your pillow and mattress may be very comfortable, but they can also harbor
allergy triggers, including dust mites, pollen, and pet dander. Replacing your
pillows or covering them with an anti-allergen pillowcase can help. You can
also use an anti-allergen mattress cover, which can help relieve nighttime