Hay Fever Symptoms and How They Affect Your Sleep
The winter is about to end; the sky is blue again, and everything is in bloom! It is the best time to take a stroll outside unless you have hay fever—allergic rhinitis that causes running nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing.
Hay fever is common in India when seasons change, especially just before the arrival of spring. It causes difficulty in breathing, sneezing, and might disrupt your sleep quality to a great extent. This is particularly bad news for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
So how to know if you have hay fever, and what are the measures you must take to prevent it? Here’s a look.
Fever Symptoms During The Night
Hay fever is an allergic reaction of your body with dust particles, animal hair, and the pollen in the air. And while that may keep your eyes itchy, and nose running all day long, these symptoms worsen during the night.
Why? Because the allergens—dust particles, animal hair, and all—float in the air in the daytime but fall around to the ground as the temperature decreases in evenings. As a result, it increases the possibility of more exposure to allergens. And weakens your immune system.
Hay fever’s persistent symptoms can keep you awake throughout the night, and this may have catastrophic results, particularly for sleep apnea patients. As a result of poor sleep, you wake up tired the next day, there’s a lack of concentration, fatigue, and unwillingness to go about your daily routine.
Additionally, hay fever may collapse your upper airways during sleep—resulting in reduced airflow, a drop in oxygen levels, and interrupted rest times. This could also predispose people to obstructive sleep apnea.
How to Prevent Hay Fever?
Now the next question is how to deal with it? The best way is always prevention. So if you have the slightest inclination of falling sick with hay fever, take prescribed medications from your chemist.
- Got congestion or a running nose? Ask your local pharmacy for some antihistamine night-time tablets or nasal spray. This will open up your nasal airways and allow you to breathe easier in bed
- Secondly, avoid excess exposure to the outside air. Keep your doors and windows shut as this may bring more pollen allergens and worsen your condition
- Third, take a good night’s rest, you might feel much better the next morning
But if despite the above, your symptoms continue to persist or worsen, consult your doctor.
Quality sleep is a basic requirement for your health and well-being. And while several of us often hamper our sleep schedule owing to professional or personal matters, it’s time we realize its importance. Spend time and efforts to work out what’s best for you, and take measures to avoid allergies or sickness that disrupt your sleep patterns. It will keep you healthy, and prepared to receive the glorious weather that spring is!
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