10 ways to get a better night’s sleep during allergy season
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for both your physical and mental health. Without it, sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on your immunity, weight, mood – and can even increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
The good news, our simple step-by-step guide can help you turn your bedroom into an allergen-free zone and get the well-earned shut eye you deserve.
Step 1: Vacuum your home
Dust mites are one of the most common triggers of allergic reactions. If you're allergic to dust, it can feel like having a constant cold or asthma. An easy way to get rid of dust mites is to vacuum your carpets regularly or at least twice a week.
As these little critters lurk deep beneath the surface of your carpets, sometimes traditional vacuum cleaners can’t get rid of them entirely. Instead, steam cleaners are designed to thoroughly clean and sanitise surfaces around your home, without the use of chemicals. Our range of H2O steam cleaners can penetrate deep into the carpet and stop any allergens in their tracks.
Try wearing a mask to avoid inhaling dust that's sent into the air from vacuuming.
Step 2: Get rid of heavy curtains
If you have curtains in your home, you’ll know how quickly they can catch dust – particularly heavy curtains. So, to reduce allergic reactions and help you get a better night’s sleep, it’s a good idea to clean them regularly.
If you dress your windows with washable cotton curtains or blinds, these will be much easier to clean. Heavy curtains block out light well but can be trickier to wash. Curtains made from heavy fabric can be steam cleaned, in order to avoid a lengthy drying process. The hot temperatures will kill any bacteria or allergens.
Also, wipe window frames and glass to prevent mould and mildew from growing.
Step 3: Protect your bedding
Warm bedding is a haven for dust mites. These micro bugs like to live in your pillows and mattresses, but there are simple ways to evict them.
Start by investing in hypoallergenic or anti-allergy pillows. They’re specially designed to prevent the flare-up of allergies. Or you can cover your mattress and its base in dust-proof or allergen-proof covers. You should also replace and clean your bedding – including your throw pillows – regularly in order to prevent dust mites from infesting your home.
Step 4: Switch to an evaporative air cooler
Traditional fans tend to push dust and pollen particles around your home. This recycled air can have negative effects on your breathing, especially if you suffer from allergies.
Instead, why not switch to an evaporative air cooler? An evaporative cooling system, like the Zaahn Mood Maker, will filter clean, crisp air around your home.
Evaporative coolers reduce the pollen and dust particles in the air, and in doing so, they help to reduce the triggers of allergies and relieve you of anysymptoms. So, you’re guaranteed an allergy-free environment when you hit the hay.
Step 5: Eliminate clutter
Did you know that clutter can impact your health and how well you sleep? If you’re hording unnecessary junk in your home, it could increase the likelihood of dust mites, pet dander and mould, all of which can trigger allergies.
From books and magazines, to lotions and jewellery, they’re all dust magnets so get rid of them or at least put them in another room.
Step 6: Avoid alcohol
Whether you’ve had a couple drinks with your friends or a heavy night out, drinking alcohol can lead to fragmented sleep. Yet, research also suggests that alcohol can have a negative effect on your airways and make sneezing, itching, and coughing even more uncomfortable.
Step 7: Close your windows
During summer, when your bedroom is a little bit warmer and stuffier, it can be tempting to crack open your bedroom windows. However, doing this will allow pollen to drift inside and settle.
Instead, use the Zaahn Mood Maker. Its evaporative cooling technology quickly and quietly cools the air around you,so have a comfortable night’s sleep.
Step 8: Make your room pet free
As much as your furry friends can be good night-time companions, they can also allergy triggers. Their dead skin cells become airborne or settle into dust, which can cause allergy symptoms to flare up. If you think you may be allergic to your pet, get an allergy skin test to determine your sensitivity levels.
Step 9: Shower before bed
After a long day working or exercising, you may have picked up pollen and other allergens from outside. To ensure you have a peaceful night’s rest, it’s a good idea to shower and put on fresh pyjamas before you get into bed.