If you’re one of the 50 million+ Americans who suffers from allergies every year, then you’ve probably experienced some sleepless nights when your symptoms flare. It can be difficult to get a quality night’s sleep when you’re battling a blocked or runny nose, itchy eyes, cough, and other uncomfortable physical effects of allergies.
What’s even worse is that many outdoor allergens sneak into your home and settle on your furniture, including your bed. When you’re out on the road in an RV or boat, you’re even more susceptible to these problems. You don’t have to withstand miserable nights though—at home or on the road—if you follow these steps below to help you breathe and sleep easy!
1) Clean out your sinuses.
You can’t really get comfortable in bed if you’re constantly sniffling, blowing your nose, and fighting to breathe. Removing allergens and excess mucus from your nose before you go to sleep can help make breathing (and sleeping) easier. For something quick and easy, try nasal spray. For a more thorough cleanout, a neti pot is sure to do the trick.
2) Take allergy medication before bed.
Over-the-counter allergy medications and nasal decongestants can help clear your nose and alleviate allergy symptoms, and some can even make you drowsy, making it easier to get some decent shut-eye. Take your medication about 1-2 hours before heading to bed to give it time to kick in. If OTC medications aren’t working, talk to your doctor about a stronger prescription or other solutions.
3) Keep allergens out of your sleep space.
Taking measures to keep allergens away from where you sleep will help prevent allergy symptoms from flaring. Close all windows and outside doors and use the AC instead (if you’re in an RV or boat without AC, a standing model might be worth looking into). Pets should also be kept out of your bedroom if they trigger your allergies. A mattress protector and dust-proof pillow can work wonders at keeping allergens that do get in your space from building up in your bedding.
4) Try a nighttime shower.
A shower is a great and easy way to wash pollen and other allergens off your body and out of your hair before bed, especially if you’re out on the road or water. It will also help minimize allergen buildup in your bedding. Plus, a warm shower can be a relaxing trick to get your mind and body ready for quicker, easier sleep.
Whether you deal with allergies or not, getting a good night’s sleep starts with the right mattress. At Replacement Mattress, we offer premium-quality mattresses for sofa beds, RVs, trucks, boats, and wherever else you need some extra cushion. Choose from standard and custom shapes and sizes to fit your replacement mattress perfectly to your space.
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