For those with nighttime allergies, a good night’s sleep can be but a dream. Exposure to allergens in the bedroom can lead to some of the most severe allergy symptoms of the day. But a few preventive measures can help keep those nighttime allergy symptoms in check.
One of the biggest causes of nighttime allergies is dust mites – microscopic, spider-like bugs that feed on exfoliated human skin cells. These critters can be found in mattresses, pillows, bed linens, carpets and upholstered furniture. Dust mites won’t bite you or harm you. But if they do trigger your allergies, you can take action reduce your exposure to them.
First, put dust-mite-proof covers on all pillows, mattresses, and box springs. If you have severe nighttime allergies, replace old pillows and consider replacing an old mattress as well. Next, wash bed linens weekly, or more often if needed. And finally, vacuum carpets and rugs, and sweep floors regularly. But clean early in the day – kicking up mite-infested dust just before bedtime can make allergy symptoms worse.
You should also declare the bedroom a pet-free zone – especially at night. Even if you’re not allergic to dogs or cats, their fur can often carry pollen and mold spores which will wind up in the bedroom or worse – on the bed. So, when it’s bedtime, say goodnight to Rover and close the door. And close the window to prevent pollen, mold spores, and other allergens from breezing into the room.
Following these tips can help you reduce the severity of symptoms tremendously so you can get a good night’s sleep and wake up rested.