14 April 2020 | Conseil du bien dormir

When allergies prevent sleep

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Allergies are blooming! They affect almost one in three people and in half of cases are respiratory. This type of allergy specifically impacts sleep, but not only: the relationship between your sleep quality and allergies affects other aspects of life such as your concentration, appetite and stress levels.

Allergies are blooming! They affect almost one in three people and in half of cases are respiratory. This type of allergy specifically impacts sleep, but not only: the relationship between your sleep quality and allergies affects other aspects of life such as your concentration, appetite and stress levels.

Whatever your allergies are, the right treatment will help you sleep well

Many people with allergies find it difficult to get quality sleep. If you wake up more often or even have trouble falling asleep, this can be explained by the high levels of histamine in your blood. Histamine is secreted by your cells in reaction to allergens due to pollen and dust.

More than half of people with allergies suffer from these problems. If this affects you, the most common symptoms are daytime sleepiness, memory problems, and mood swings. In light of these observations, it is important to consult an allergist to achieve peaceful sleep. An allergist will be able to help you fight your ailment and will prescribe the suitable treatments for you. If your allergies prevent you from sleeping, you should tell them so that they can recommend a treatment to also alleviate night-time symptoms.

Before going to bed, here are some simple but effective things to do

If springtime means terrible nights for you, it’s time to apply preventive measures and take some precautions to get restful nights despite your allergies. Indeed, some simple bedtime strategies can keep the levels of pollen in your bedroom to a minimum.

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The first step is hydration: hydrating yourself throughout the day will thin your mucus for easier evacuation!

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The second thing to do is to avoid ventilating your room in the morning when you wake up. This is for one good reason: pollen is mainly released between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. So ventilate at night, just before bedtime.

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The last two gestures concern washing yourself. First of all, wash your hair well: your hair retains pollen, capturing it throughout the day. It is also a good idea to clean your nose with a nasal spray to remove any pollen that can cause inflammation.

For restful sleep, eliminate allergens from your bedroom

An enemy from the outside, pollen very often invades the air in our homes. What could be an effective barrier to keep it out of your living spaces?

To keep track of this invisible intruder, we advise you to take great care of your bedroom. During peak pollen periods, vacuum your room more frequently than usual. Ideally, this should be done every day just after airing the room. Choose anti-mite and hypoallergenic sheets for sleeping.

In order to remove all allergens and mites from your mattress, we recommend that you maintain your mattress and disinfect it using our ECOCLEAN innovation. Recognised and approved by the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF), our system disinfects as well as eradicating mites and bacteria. During complete disinfection, the machine treats mattresses with UV rays to eliminate all single-celled organisms. The service is provided at your home, so you can keep the mattress where it is and use it immediately after the disinfection process.

Natural and noble raw materials for sleep fit for a king

If you find yourself sneezing unstoppably at bedtime, the problem is probably indoors. The filling of your pillow, your duvet or of your mattress could be the cause! The optimal choice would be a mattress made of natural, hypoallergenic and non-allergenic materials.

Cotton, for example, has excellent ventilation properties: it allows your mattress to breathe and to cool. Moreover, cotton is naturally hypoallergenic, which is why this locally sourced quality fibre is used in making our Elite mattresses.

Ingeo fibre is naturally hypoallergenic. Made from the transformation of corn seed, it absorbs moisture helping to regulate body temperature.

Another less known but equally interesting material is Seacell fibre; thanks to its silver content it has an antibacterial effect which preserves the freshness of your bed.

Finally, once in bed, it is a good idea to raise your head a few centimetres to clear your airways.

At Elite, we ensure the selection of natural and noble materials that promote your sleep and well-being.

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