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Why Sleeping in Spring is so Difficult for Hay Fever Sufferers

September 14, 2015


Why Sleeping in Spring is so Difficult for Hay Fever Sufferers

When spring comes around one of the most common questions that we are asked is why people suffering from hayfever find it so difficult to sleep. It seems as though not only is spring obviously the worst time of the year for hay fever sufferers, but many people seem to find that their systems get worse when they try to sleep.

The reason why you struggle so much to go to sleep when you are suffering from hay fever is that the pollen count actually does go up at night. While the heat of spring might make you want to open your windows to get some fresh air, this just makes things worse because due to cooling air the pollen that has been floating in the air during the day falls back down to earth.

While there many drugs out there that you can get to help prevent your allergies from flaring up, sometime you want to rely on natural methods.

How best to deal with hay fever naturally:

  • Exercise More: Don’t ask us how, but many people claim that by doing two and a half hours of exercise a week they are able to reduce the effects of pollen. Of course in spring going for a run might not be the best idea so look for indoor activities.
  • Eat Right: Foods rich in omega 3 and 6 oils and vitamins D and C seem to help reduce the effects of pollen thanks to their anti-inflammatory systems. Try eat more nuts and seeds and avoid fruit with stones in them, apples, tomatoes and bananas.
  • Don’t Drink Alcohol: Alcohol contains histamines which can make your allergies worse. Which is bad news for those afternoon braais out in the sun.
  • Get Enough Sleep: This is especially helpful if you have a allergy friendly bedroom with the right bedding.
  • Don’t Cut the Lawn: While you might think that short grass won’t release pollen, when you cut your grass it releases chemicals that will affect your allergies.
  • Keep the Sunnies On: Wrap around sunglasses might not be everybody’s style, they can prevent the pollen from reaching your eyes and make things worse.

One of the weirdest ways we’ve heard about is to try washing your hair before you go to sleep if it is very long! Sounds bizarre, but people claim that it works! What remedies have you tried? Let us know!

If you frequently suffer from allergies, you should also look into getting an anti-allergy mattress...


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