Do you find yourself waking up with a bad case of the sniffles? With spring just around the corner, many of us are gearing up for allergy season. But it’s not just the flowers in bloom that can give you a tough time - your sheets can trap dust, pet dander, and other minute particles that cause nasal allergies. Investing in some hypoallergenic sheets and a good air purifier can go a long way in improving your symptoms.
If a blocked nose has got you down, we’ve gathered 5 tips for sleeping better through the spring season. From investing in the best bed sheets you can, to having a warm shower right before you go to bed, here’s everything you need to know:
Peak allergy season can be difficult if you’re sensitive to pollen, dust, and other micro-particles present in the air. What we don’t realize is that the air inside our homes can be equally challenging on our immune system, whether that’s from external pollutants that have latched on to clothes, pet dander, or even air from the outdoors that filters into your home.
Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to keep the air in your room as clean as possible. This is especially important if you live somewhere with central air conditioning since your AC can end up blowing a lot of dust and other allergens into your space.
If you do struggle with chronic nasal allergies, it’s also important to try and schedule routine inspections for seals in your windows or doors. It’s also necessary to have your house checked for mold on a routine basis since this can also largely impact the quality of the air you breathe.
You spend seven to eight hours of a day tossing and turning in bed, which is why it’s important to try and keep your sleep cycle as steady as possible. So what makes hypoallergenic sheets different from other kinds of bedding?
Hypoallergenic sheets are designed to be resistant to dust mites, spores of mold or mildew, and pet dander. This is thanks to tightly-woven material that minimizes the number of gaps that most indoor allergens like to live and breed in.
For your sheets to be comfortable to sleep in, they should also be naturally breathable. Natural materials such as bamboo or cotton can be especially useful for those who struggle with allergies.
Hypoallergenic sheets aren’t the only thing you should factor into your decision-making - try and keep the majority of your bedding (and furniture, if possible!) in your bedroom hypoallergenic, since all these contribute to the overall quality of your sleep.
Puffy products are made to suit every kind of sleeper, which means everything from our bamboo bed sheets to our bedroom rugs are hypoallergenic.
Even if you have got yourself a set of hypoallergenic sheets, it’s important you still do a routine clean of your bedroom at least once a week, and a deep clean that includes your mattress at least once a quarter. Washing your bed sheets regularly can keep them from collecting build-up, thereby minimizing the impact they will have on your sleep routine.
Be sure to look out for wash instructions for natural bed sheets, so that you avoid damaging them while you’re looking after them. The best bed sheets should have cooling properties that promote airflow as you rest, and looking after them properly will ensure they stay comfy for as long as you have them.
Apart from your hypoallergenic sheets, it’s also important to dust or vacuum any part of your bedroom that feels prone to collecting large amounts of dust. These can include curtains, blankets, throw pillows, and any seating, such as cushions or beanbags, that you have in your bedroom.
As much as you love showing your pup or kitten plenty of love, pet fur can be dust magnets, attracting mites and other microscopic particles that end up on your bed during a nighttime cuddle.
Even with hypoallergenic sheets, it’s best to avoid having your pets sleep on the surface of your bed unless you’re interested in getting a lint-roller out every night so that you can combat this. Try to keep any pets you have out of your bedroom, especially during allergy season, for your best bet at waking up without the sniffles.
Can’t resist those puppy-dog eyes? Ease the transition by getting a cat or dog bed that your pet can snuggle up on instead. If you’re having trouble weaning your pup off your bed, add an old pillow for them to rest on - they find your scent comforting, and will be able to snooze easier with it.
At the end of a long day, you’re going to be covered in pollen and pollutants from the time you’ve spent outside, whether you can feel it or not. Taking a warm shower before wrapping up for the night is going to make it a lot easier for you to get a good night’s sleep.
Showering at night also has the added benefit of bringing your internal body temperature down, which can help prime your body for a good night’s sleep. Your body requires a temperature between 65 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit for an ideal night of sleep, so bringing down your internal temperature can help you feel cozy enough for uninterrupted snoozing.
Whether it’s by finding the best hypoallergenic sheets for a good night’s sleep, or simply taking a warm shower before you go to bed, it’s important to find the source of your allergies, and nip the problem in the bud. Sniffling through the night might affect the overall quality of your sleep, which can be detrimental when you’re trying to get eight hours of uninterrupted rest.