Eight of the biggest hay fever mistakes that harm sleep

Flowers are in bloom, grass is growing and trees are displaying their green leaves – putting hay fever and summer allergy sufferers on alert. This condition is caused by grains of pollen, which according to the Met Office are released during a season that usually runs from March to November.

Elevated pollen levels can lead to unpleasant symptoms including sneezing, stuffy nose, or itchy eyes, mouth, and throat. The NHS says hay fever affects up to one in five people at some point in their lives, as proteins in pollen cause irritation and inflammation.

Annoying hay fever can affect people’s ability to get a good night’s rest, said Dr. Lindsey Browning, neurologist, psychologist and sleep expert at mattress resource And So To Bed. “Congestion caused by allergies can greatly affect the quality of our sleep, which in turn affects our physical and mental health,” she said.

Symptoms associated with allergies are usually worse at night. This is because when mucus is drawn up it cannot be drained in the same way that gravity helps, leading to troubled breathing or coughing caused by postnasal drip.”

So To Bed has shared some common mistakes people make that can aggravate hay fever symptoms and affect their sleep. Read below to find out more.

Leave your pet in the bedroom

If you suffer from hay fever or other seasonal allergies, you should avoid having your pets in your bedroom, because they can exacerbate allergens in bed. Pet hair and dander are among the most common allergens that will exacerbate your hay fever symptoms and make them worse at night.

Not washing your pet regularly

Pollen particles not only stick to our clothes and bodies, but also to animals. Regular bathing of pets, at least once a week, can greatly reduce the possibility of spreading dust and pollen particles that pets may have brought in from outside.

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