How to Keep a Spring in Your Step this Springtime Despite the Pollen!
Ah spring, what a glorious season! Days become longer and warmer, bees are a-buzzin’, birds are a nestin’, and there is a general atmosphere of happy times in the air. But also pollen. Lots and lots of pollen. Don’t get us wrong, we love a pretty blossom as much as the next person, but oh, the seasonal rhinitis is not to be sniffed at. Well, actually it is. It is to be sniffed at a bunch. Too much so.
All kidding aside, springtime is quite challenging for a lot of people, especially when it comes to seasonal rhinitis, also known as hayfever. This is due to the high levels of pollen in the air. If you live in an area where there is quite a bit of agricultural activity, this is also the time of year when growers may spray pesticides to safeguard their crops. Not exactly ideal - but what can you do?
Well, if you feel that your sleep is suffering due to the effects of hayfer (i.e. excessive sniffing, itchy eyes, or even an equally sniffly bed partner who keeps you up with their nose-blowing and wheezing), there are a few things you can do. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to sleep better in allergy season:
Sleep With Your Head Raised
If mucus is a problem at night, get yourself a good pillow. Latex pillows are known to be extremely breathable and wonderfully antimicrobial. By raising your head while you sleep, you will alleviate the excessive nighttime congestion that goes along with allergies.
Make Your Bedroom Inhospitable to Dust Mites
Dust mites like to cosy up in bedding, mattress covers, carpets and curtains that aren’t washed too often. To make your bedroom inhospitable to these allergy-inflaming little creatures, start by washing your bedding in hot water at least once per week. Bonus points if you can dry it on the line in the sun. Also be sure to vacuum your carpets often, and to put curtains on a washing rotation at least once every term.
Clean Your Body of Pollen
Micropollens tend to stick to our hair and skin, especially in springtime. Take a shower before bed, flush your sinuses with saline, wipe down your eyelids with a washcloth, and put on some fresh, clean PJs before you head to bed to ensure that you are 100% pollen-free before you hit the proverbial hay.
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