We made it! The sprouts are sprouting, the buds are blooming and the flora is fragrant – Spring has sprung. While we love this time of year, it can be pretty tough to stop and smell the flowers when your nose is constantly running, your eyes are red and your throat is itchy. Like clock-work, the arrival of allergies has returned in a blink of a (red, tired) eye. Taking a stand against Spring’s sneak attack on your senses should start in your sleep environment. Check out our tips for easing your allergy sensitivities through better sleep.
TIP #1: Protect your Sleep System
Dust mites add a potent punch to your seasonal allergy struggle. These microscopic pests live in bedding and feed on the skin cells our bodies naturally shed as we sleep. Build-up of these creeping critters can multiply the misery of your seasonal allergies.
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TIP #2: Vigilance is Vital:
Spring cleaning is a great time to clean out the closets, suds up your sheets and tidy up the household, but maintaining the cleanliness is the real key. Keep airborne allergens at bay in your sleep environment by washing your bedding at least once a week – more often if you sleep with the windows open. Add a some serious punch to your allergy arsenal by purify the air with the aid of allergen relieving plants or investing in a HEPA filtered air-cleaning system.
TIP #3: Scrub Up Before You Snooze
The pesky allergen particles that are making you crazy have a nasty habit of clinging to everything – including you. A quick shower (or better yet, a soothing bath) before bedtime will help eliminate fine allergen particles and help clear out your stuffy sinuses. And while you’re at it, add a few essentials oils like lavender and eucalyptus to your bath water to aide in relaxation.
TIP #4: Time for a Bedroom Tune-up
Old pillows are a breeding ground for dust mites and their…leave behinds. Ewwww! If you haven’t been using a pillow protector, it’s time. Start with a clean, fresh pillow that provides the support you need and the clean comfort you crave. Cover it in a pillow protector to create a barrier between you the un-wanted allergy inducing squatters that are responsible for those dark eye circles and stuffy nose.
Relief is only a few healthy steps away. Sleep cleaner this spring – your body will thank you!