How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Despite Allergies

Allergy medication on the nightstand and man sleeping

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you know it can be difficult to sleep when your allergies are flaring up. Most allergies keep your nose blocked so you can’t breathe, and itchy eyes can keep you up at night. Many allergenscan get into your home and settle in your sofa, RV or boat mattress, curtains, and rugs, preventing you from sleeping well. While the first step is to keep a clean mattress and home,there are many other ways you can get a better sleep despite allergies. Instead of being miserable, combine these steps below for an easy night of sleep and dreams.


Clear your nose
You can’t be comfortable if you’re constantly sniveling and can’t breathe. Use a nasal spray to clear out your nose before bed. If you’d like to be cleaner, consider using a neti pot to clear you out completely. A neti pot is a small, teapot-like container that has a long handle that pours water through your nose to clear out all mucus. It’s more efficient than a nasal spray, and it is a more natural option…


Take a decongestant before bed
Many over the counter decongestants can be efficient in clearing you out before you go to bed. This will help you breathe normally so you can sleep easy. Your doctor can tell you which one will work best for you. You should take the pill about 1-2 hours before bedtime to give it time to kick in and work its magic.


Close your windows
If you’re a major allergy sufferer, you’ve probably learned to live with the windows closed. Close off any entry point for outside allergies to interfere with your sleeping. Use the air conditioner instead to keep the pollen outside. The filter on your air conditioner will keep most allergens from coming inside.


Keep your pets away at night
Even if your pets are part of your family, you might want to consider leaving them outside of the bedroom at night and off of your bed during the day. Dogs and cats continually shed, adding to your allergy problems. If you can’t keep them out of the room, at least give them a pet bed on the floor so you aren’t breathing in the hairs that cause your allergies to flare up.


Use sleeping pills as needed
Sometimes your allergies can just make it too hard to fall asleep. Keep some simple nighttime tablets by your bed in case you need them. You should be out in no time and you will wake up feeling refreshed. For more natural alternatives to sleeping pills see here.


In any case, if you have problems, you should see a doctor to assess your options. He will know what steps you should take to get a restful night.