If you are having a difficult time sleeping at night, you might be surprised to find out that there are seasonal allergies that affect sleep. As a matter of fact, one of the most common things that causes sleep disorders aside from stress is allergies. I’m not really talking about hayfever but what I am talking about are allergies to specific things in the environment around us that we may not even realize we are dealing with.
Can seasonal allergies affect sleep?
Seasonal Allergies symptoms include sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy skin that happen during a certain time of the year. The effects of allergies are varies. Some experience daily irritations, some face sleep apnea, insomnia or chronic health conditions.
Having allergic reactions to different foods and things that are in the air can cause a lot more difficulties than just sneezing or a runny nose. As a matter of fact, many of the food allergies that we have go undetected because the only symptoms that they can really cause may show up as insomnia. In order for us to be able to get to the root of the problem that is causing our insomnia, we may need to take a look at some of the things that are in our environment.
Ask yourself these questions;
- Do you eat wheat on a regular basis? You may be dealing with an allergy to gluten.
- Do you drink milk regularly? This might be the culprit because many of us are lactose intolerant.
If you really want to cure your insomnia and you think allergies may be to blame, you need to have a systematic way of removing things from your diet and your environment. The first thing that you should do is to keep a record of everything that goes into your body on a daily basis. This not only includes the foods that you eat but it should also include any liquids that you drink as well. Keep a record of any kind of symptoms that may show up in your body, no matter how small. You might be surprised to discover that you have more food allergies than you realized.
Begin getting rid of the things that are causing problems in your body. Although this can be a little bit difficult, especially if we enjoy eating them, getting a good night sleep and curing our insomnia will make any foods that we have to get rid of well worth the effort. You should also make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water every day because this helps to flush any allergens from our system before they have the ability to affect us negatively.
How do I fight allergies naturally?
Fighting allergies naturally is not difficult but it takes time and effort. You can try doing the following.
- Take a shower before bed
- Make sure your bedroom and bed sheet is clean
- Stop using strong detergent
- Drink plenty of water, to flush allergies
The first thing that you should do is to make sure that you are taking a shower before you go to bed every night. During the day, our hair acts as a magnet for all of the pollen that is in the air. Whenever we go to sleep, this pollen is transferred from our hair to the pillow and we end up breathing it in throughout the night. If we have a problem with allergies, and most of us do, this can make a difference in the quality of sleep that we are getting. As a matter of fact, you might find out that this kind of allergy is behind your insomnia in some way or another.
Another thing that we should make sure of is that the room we are sleeping in is clean and tidy. It is not only important that the sheets on our bed are clean and freshly laundered, we want to make sure that the rest of our room is not cluttered. Although we are going to be sleeping with our eyes closed, our mind is still going to know that there is clutter present in the room. Believe it or not, this can have an amazing impact on our ability to sleep and can actually begin to cause insomnia in some people. Take a little bit of time to make sure that this area is clean and you will be able to sleep a little better.
One thing that I need to caution you about, however, is that you do not over clean by using strong detergents. Many of us can have a bad reaction to these detergents that can keep us up at night. Make sure that you launder your sheets with an organic detergent and don’t use any harsh chemicals when you’re cleaning this area. This is just one more step that you can take to help you to get a good nights sleep.
Last, you need to drink enough water as it flushes allergies out of your system. The amount of water that you’re going to need to drink is considered by many to be excessive. The fact of the matter is, we are well over 90% water so any lack of it in our body is going to cause some serious problems. In order to truly be rehydrated, you’re going to need to drink one half of your body weight every day in ounces of water. For example, a 200 pound man is going to need to drink 100 ounces of water. Although this may seem like a lot, it can easily be done by drinking five 20 ounce bottles of water throughout the day. Drink one when you get up, one before you go to bed and spread the other three out through the day.