Today at STYLEanthropy, let’s talk about health and wellness, specifically allergies. Time and time again, I hear people casually say “oh it’s just seasonal allergies” or “my morning allergies are kicking in” as if it’s not a big deal. I, myself, am guilty. That’s why we have to discuss the importance of knocking down your allergy and ACTUALLY doing something about it!
Do you know that about 58% of Americans suffer from seasonal or environment allergies?
Over the past few years or so, I noticed I’ve started getting seasonal allergies more often. It could be a number of things like climate change. I read that pollen count is higher than usual this year. With warmer temperatures and higher carbon dioxide levels, plants produce greater bursts of pollen.
Also, it can be due to your location. I remember I didn’t suffer as much back in Texas as I do here in Pennsylvania. And that’s probably because the pollen count is usually higher here in PA. For example, here is a screenshot of the pollen count map at the time of writing. Texas is in a yellow to green (medium to low) rating, while Pennsylvania shows orange to yellow (medium high to medium) pollen count.
Aside from that, it can also be a number of things in your home, specifically in your bedroom, that could be harboring pollen, dust, dirt, mites, mold and so much more. It can be an old pillow or mattress, or other surfaces where pollen and other particles may cling to.
And finally, it can also be due to your habits and/or hygiene practices – when you shower, where you leave your dirty clothes, if you have pets at home, etc.
Now if you’re among the 31% of allergy sufferers who say “it’s just allergies“, you’re probably thinking, so what? The allergy symptoms shall pass.
When you wake up in the morning, you reach for your phone first instead of any remedy that can help with your sniffling, stuffy nose or watery eyes. You look tired and got bags (or luggages) under your eyes, but you think, it’s nothing makeup can’t fix. No big deal, right? Nope. Do you know that allergies, when left untreated, can lead to these?
- Sinus infection
- Chest Congestion
- Fatigue, interfering with sleep
I don’t know about you, but trying to cover up those bags under your eyes through makeup is a pain and added minutes to your morning routine. But kidding aside, don’t you want to get a good night’s sleep? After all the work you do during the day, don’t you want to get a better, restful sleep?
Besides, do you want to risk developing asthma, sinus infection or even bronchitis, just because you can’t be bothered to act on your seasonal allergies?
So how do you control it? How can you sleep better and not worry about your allergies acting up?
It’s easy when you follow these tips I listed below with the help of AllerEase®, a leading brand of allergen barrier bedding.
8 WAYS to Help you Sleep Better, Allergy-Free
Morning is the best time to start managing your allergies, according to Dr. Neeta Ogden, a board-certified allergist and immunologist.
“Symptoms are often pronounced in the morning, so it’s a good time to take stock of your condition and implement a plan for minimizing exposure during the day,” says Ogden.
1. Be Prepared and Protected
Check the weather forecast for pollen count. If you know your allergies kick in when pollen count is high, and you’ll be outdoors for a considerable amount of time, take an antihistamine.
2. Dress Accordingly
You may not see it, but when you walk outside, pollen can settle in your hair and your eyes. When I walk my dog outside during pollen season, after just a few minutes, I get watery eyes. The solution is to wear sunglasses. A wide-brimmed hat will also help prevent allergens to settle in your hair. If you get allergic skin reactions like hives and eczema, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to keep skin protected.
3. Use Saline Sprays
Allergens like pollens can also settle in your nose. You want to flush them out by cleaning your nose with a saline spray or nasal mist. It relieves nasal congestion and removes airborne irritants such as pollen and dust, providing sinus allergy relief.
4. Change Clothes Once You Get Home
After being out during the day, you’re bringing in the pollen with you at home. It’s in your hair, skin, clothes, etc. You can’t see it since pollen is microscopic. So once you get home, it’s best to change into your lounge/home clothes right away. This way, you don’t spread the pollen and other allergens that settled in your clothing, throughout your home.
5. Leave Dirty/Used Clothes and Shoes Outside the Bedroom
More importantly, don’t leave your shoes, used or dirty clothes in your bedroom. You don’t want the allergens trapped in your bedroom, causing irritants to interfere with your sleep at night.
6. Shower at Night
Keep good allergy hygiene habits in play at night. So it’s best if you shower at night before heading to bed, instead of taking a shower in the morning. That way you don’t transfer and trap the pollen into your bed while you sleep.
7. Keep Your Pets Clean
It’s ideal to let pets sleep in their own area or corner outside your bedroom, especially if you’re suffering from pet allergies (thanks to pet dander). But even if you’re not, their hair collects pollen, dust and other allergens when they go outdoors, especially when they play and lay on the grass!
Make sure to wipe them good when they go back inside the house. I use a shampoo-water mixture, and spray my dog before wiping him after every visit outside. I also give him a bath regularly, once a week, to prevent allergens building up in his coat. Daily hair brushing will also help with excess hair and lessen pet dander.
8. Keep Your Bedroom Allergen-Free
Bedrooms are full of surfaces (think pillows, mattress, rugs, throws, books, fabric lamp shades, curtains) that attract and trap pollen, pet dander and dust mites, which can disrupt sleep and cause sniffling, sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throats. Ever woke up to one of those symptoms? If yes, then you probably need to change some things up in your bedroom and do some thorough cleaning.
One of the things that made a HUGE difference in our bedroom is using allergen barrier bedding to minimize exposure to allergens. I tell you, when we started using a 6-point protection mattress protector/cover, my morning allergies drastically lessened and was almost non-existent.
“Make sure to fully encase your mattress with allergen barrier bedding, like an AllerEase Maximum mattress protector, to prevent sniffle-inducing allergens from building up in your bed,” says Dr. Ogden.
With technically advanced fabrics and construction, AllerEase bedding prevents allergens from settling in your mattress, pillow and other bedding, where it can collect over time and aggravate allergy symptoms. I prefer this over other mattress protectors because it wraps all over the mattress. I’ve seen other mattress covers that are like fitted sheets, open at the bottom. But that would still allow bed bugs to penetrate your mattress from underneath. AllerEase covers all 6 sides of the mattress, thus, the 6-point protection.
But of course, it doesn’t stop from there. There are many other things that you should consider when decorating, cleaning and configuring your bedroom. So to learn more tips, this time to keep your bedroom allergen-free, head over to my home blog, Home.STYLEanthropy.com. I’m sharing tips, more about AllerEase, and a mini makeover of our bedroom. PLUS, I teamed up with AllerEase to treat one lucky reader to a mini bed makeover too. You should check it out!