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Itchy, watering eyes…coughing…uncontrollable sneezing…irritated nasal passages …is there anything worse than Allergies? Yes: Allergies at night, when you’re trying to sleep.
Whether it’s caused by dust mites in your pillow, animal dander on the duvet or pollen blowing through your window, nighttime allergies can be a major pain.
According to WebMD, “In one study, only 17% of patients with allergies rated their sleep as optimal. About half of all people in the study said allergies and nasal congestion woke them up at night and also made it hard to fall asleep.”
Sleep deprivation is more serious than it sounds. In addition to affecting your productivity, mood, and ability to concentrate on important tasks like driving, sleep deprivation is also linked to serious chronic conditions like high blood pressure and heart complications.
The runny nose, nasal congestion and mucous caused by allergies leads to a vicious nighttime cycle: you can’t breathe through your nose, but when you breathe through your mouth, mucous accumulates in the back of your throat, so you cough and snore all night.
Hardly a restful sleep.
The first step is obvious: Consult an ENT to try and find out what’s causing the allergy, if you don’t already know. Dust mites in your bedding are a common culprit if allergy symptoms only appear at night; it might be time to get a new pillow and/or mattress.
If your room is too humid, consider a de-humidifier to prevent mold growth; don’t smoke indoors, or at least use a HEPA filter to purify the air. Finally, your ear, nose and throat doctor can refer you to an allergist for a skin prick test to reveal the source of your allergies.
Once you know what’s causing the allergy symptoms, it’s time to consider treatment.
Non-medication interventions can include:
Medications to take can include:
If you want to be among the 50% of allergy sufferers who aren’t kept awake at night by their allergy symptoms, your first move should be to call an experienced ENT. For over 10 years, Dr. Nguyen has specialized in nasal, allergy and sleep conditions, and has helped hundreds of people get the relief they need, and the restful sleep they crave.
Book an assessment with Dr. Nguyen at Houston Sinus & Allergy, and start breathing easier.