Few things are as frustrating as not getting enough sleep. You’ve tried everything, ranging from going to bed earlier and cutting down on screen time to taking melatonin, and so far, nothing has worked.
There is an often-overlooked culprit that may be impacting the quality of sleep that you get: Allergies.
As many as 50 million people suffer from allergies each year, and if you’ve tried everything to get some sleep, your allergies may be what stands between you and a good night’s rest.
Here is how you can know if that’s the cause and what you can do to get relief.
Ways Allergies Can Ruin Sleep
Allergies can make it difficult to breathe comfortably. They can cause frequent night waking and leave you groggy the next day.
Allergies can also lead to other sleep troubles such as:
- Sleep apnea
- Anxiety and stress
- Over-reliance on sedatives
Dealing with allergy-related sleep troubles also affects your performance at work and makes you irritable. However, there are tricks that you can try that may help you get your sleep back.
Eliminate Hidden Allergens
If you’re still suffering at night despite doing everything you can to keep seasonal allergies under control, there may be allergens in your home that you have to eliminate.
Do you allow pets to sleep in your room? It may be time to consider relocating them. If they frequently shed, their dander may be affecting your allergies.
Also, washing your hands after interacting with your pet is critical to controlling allergens, be sure to do so before going to bed.
Try Different Bedding and Decor
Another way to cut down on allergens is to use an air purifier. An air purifier helps to eliminate allergens in the air that include:
- Dust mites
- and pet hair
Also, the noise emitted from the air purifier can help you fall asleep faster.
Allergens can also be in your sheets, curtains, and pillows.
You can combat this by buying hypoallergenic decor and bedding. Hypoallergenic bedding is a roadblock to allergens and keeps you from breathing them in.
If you find yourself struggling with allergies and you aren’t getting rest, Dr. Volpi has several tools that may help you get relief.
Call New York ENT today at (212) 873-6036 to schedule an appointment and get back to the rest you deserve.