It's estimated that 25% of the UK population suffer from hay fever. When you're all bunged up and your eyes are itchy, it's hard to get the sleep you need.
Here are our 5 top tips for making sure you don't lose sleep over hay fever this year.
Pollen is sticky and can stay in your hair until washed out properly. The last thing you want is to get pollen on your pillow and end up having an allergy attack in the middle of the night. Pollen can also stay on your clothes for hours after you have been outside. Shower before bed to remove any pollen from your skin, and get dressed in the bathroom so that pollen from your clothes doesn't contaminate your bedroom.
Vaccuum to remove any pollen that has settled on the floor or in your carpet. Using a damp cloth when you dust will also help to make sure that dust and pollen cling to the cloth, rather than just being spread around. It's tempting to leave your bedroom windows open during the summer, but try to leave them closed during the day when the pollen count is highest.
The summer months are great for being able to get your laundry washed and dried quickly. But hanging your bedding out when the pollen count is high could prove to be a silly mistake. Try drying your bedding on a clothes horse indoors. It takes a little longer, but it should reduce the amount of pollen on the sheets and put an end to your night-time sneezing fits.
Many people believe that eating locally-produced honey can help to reduce hay fever symptoms*. The theory is that the pollen contained in the honey will help to build up your immunity to the allergens around you. And let's face it, even if this method hasn't been fully backed by clinical trials just yet, it's a solution that's tasty to try!
Recent studies show links between certain hay fever medications and conditions such as Alzheimers** - prompting people to turn to more natural remedies as a solution for their runny, blocked noses. Pollen allergies can cause your nasal passages to become inflamed and swollen, making it hard for you to breathe through your nose. As well as making it hard for you to fall asleep, this congestion limits airflow, increasing air turbulence and making you more likely to snore. The natural ingredients in Snoreeze Nasal Spray help to decongest your nasal passages, meaning that you can breathe easily again - and the great news is, it's safe to use every night!