Health & Fitness: 8 ways to stop hay fever ruining your sleep

Professor shares amazing tip to deal with hay fever spike that hits between 5-7pm everyday

  Professor shares amazing tip to deal with hay fever spike that hits between 5-7pm everyday HAY FEVER season is starting to kick in, with many people complaining of sneezing and other irritating symptoms. If your symptoms tend to worsen in the evening, Allergy expert Professor Adam Fox has a handy tip.According to Prof Fox, you should take an antihistamine in the afternoon to offset nasty symptoms in the evening.

Are seasonal allergies ruining your sleep? For many hay fever sufferers, sleeping with the allergy can be problematic and frustrating, often leading to sleep deprivation.

"More than 20% of the UK population suffer from allergies that can be triggered by a range of things in our bedrooms, including dust mites, mould and bacteria," Steve Adams, CEO at Mattress Online, says. "As online searches are increasing between midnight and four am for 'hay fever sleep', it suggests that many Brits are kept awake by our allergies."

Some of the common hay fever symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing, ranging from mild irritation to more severe effects. If you're struggling to fall asleep soundly, take a look at some of the simple things you can do...

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1. Dab petroleum jelly on your nostrils to trap pollen particles before you breathe it in. A small smear around the edge of your nostrils should do the trick.

2. Create a pollen barrier by throwing a spare sheet over your duvet during the day.

3. If you have pets, try to keep them out of the bedroom. Steve adds: "Keep pets out of the bedroom to reduce dust and allergens. If your pets do get onto your bed, run a wet rubber glove over your bedding to quickly collect the hair."

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4. Wash your bedding once a week on a 60°C wash to kill pollen particles. If you find you are struggling to sleep, you could change your sheets more often.

5. Rinse your eyes and nose with fresh water before bed.

6. Tie back long hair when going to sleep to stop pollen falling onto your face.

Hay fever remedies that a pharmacist recommends

  Hay fever remedies that a pharmacist recommends These hay fever remedies actually workWhether your hay fever shows itself as watering eyes, constant sneezing, itchiness or other cold-like ailments, it can really ruin a picnic with friends or a much-needed day out.

7. Shut all your windows and doors to prevent pollen particles making their way from outside. During the summer months when pollen levels are high, keep your windows shut during the day, too.

8. Take an antihistamine half an hour before bed.

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Hay fever treatment: A brief history of tackling the illness – from opium to antihistamine .
Early treatments ranged from taking opium to removing bones from the noseHay fever symptoms are caused from an allergy to pollen, and today can be treated with antihistamines. But the links to pollen weren’t established until the early 19th century, and it was more than hundred years later before allergies were understood with the term first coined in 1906.

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