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Do Spring Allergies Make You Sleepy?

Most of us look forward to spring, especially when we live in climates where winter means long, dark days stuck indoors while the temperatures plunge below freezing. For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, though, nature awakening in March and April comes with a new set of woes. Those blooming flowers and sprouting leaves herald a bout with allergies and a whole host of annoying symptoms. This doesn’t just mean the stereotypical sneezing, itching, and running nose you might expect. Seasonal allergies can also make you feel sleepy.

How do allergies cause fatigue? Just as with a bad head cold, the nasal congestion caused by allergies can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, making you feel tired even when you’ve spent a reasonable amount of time trying to rest. The cytokines your body produces in response to the allergen are the same inflammatory chemicals emitted when you’re fighting an infection, which are why the symptoms are so similar. Over time, the continued inflammation and disrupted sleep leave you feeling foggy and fuzzy-headed. On top of that, some antihistamines, the medicines that fight allergic reactions, can cause drowsiness as a side effect.

Fortunately, there are ways you can combat allergy-related sleepiness. First, know your allergens and try to limit your exposure to them whenever possible. There are many phone apps that can keep you up to date on which allergens are high in your area that day—make it a habit to check and limit your time outdoors when your specific triggers are high. Keep your windows closed to keep indoor air as allergen-free as possible as well. If you do spend a significant time outdoors, change your clothes and take a shower when you come in, to limit your continued exposure to any allergens you might have brought in with you.

Taking allergy medication can also help stop the cycle of inflammation and fatigue before it gets started. There are many varieties of oral allergy medication available without a prescription that do not cause drowsiness that you can use during the day, as well as nasal sprays. For those who have more troublesome allergies, prescriptions or courses of allergy shots can help tame their reactions. Some people find that they only need to take antihistamines during the peak of the season, while others benefit from staying on them longer. Your doctor can help advise you on the best course of treatment.

Some allergy sufferers also find that using a neti pot or other form of saline wash for the sinuses helps to keep allergy symptoms at bay. This flushes out allergens as it clears your nasal passages of congestion. Just be sure that you use distilled water in your neti pot, as tap water can contain pathogens that may cause illness.

With a few precautions, even allergy sufferers can enjoy the beauty of springtime without exhaustion. At IDLE Sleep, we make it our business to promote healthy rest. Our line of high-quality luxury mattresses is designed to provide the perfect combination of support and comfort you need to fall asleep quickly and wake up refreshed. We offer a full range of options for every preference. Click here to find out which IDLE Sleep mattress is right for you.

March 12th, 2019

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