Spring is here— the most beautiful time of year for many people. However, for those who have seasonal allergies, it is rather a time to brace themselves for not only the onslaught of symptoms but also for the sleepless nights.
If you’re one of those whose seasonal allergies are keeping them from drifting off to slumberland, you will want to get to the bottom of it and find out what you can do to have a restful sleep once and for all. Here’s what you need to know.
How Seasonal Allergies Cause Sleep Deprivation
Allergies are notorious for not only haunting people when they’re awake but also for keeping them from getting a good night’s sleep.
There are a number of ways allergies can cause sleep deprivation:
- Postnasal drip– When mucus runs down the back of your throat, you tend to feel a tickle in your throat and the urge to clear it. This results in a cough. The more you cough, the more restless you feel. Thus, you toss and turn all night long.
- Nasal congestion– Allergens irritate your nasal passages and cause nasal congestion, which typically worsens when you lie down in bed. Nasal congestion affects your ability to breathe easily, resulting in poor sleep quality.
- Sneezing attacks- The buildup of allergens your home can trigger sneezing fits at night. Pollen, which is a common seasonal allergy trigger, can stick to your clothes and hair. As you move around in your home, pollen can spread, float in the air, and settle onto surfaces.
Working with an otolaryngologist (ears, nose, and throat/ ENT doctor) to devise an allergy action plan and basic self-care strategies like using an air purifier with a HEPA filter can go a long way toward keeping your symptoms at bay and improving the quality of your sleep.
Seasonal Allergy Treatment in Georgetown, TX
Don’t make a mistake of thinking your allergies will get any better soon or next season. There’s no better time to seek treatment than now—turn to our board-certified and fellowship-trained ENT specialist, Dr. Scott Franklin, here at Georgetown ENT.
Dr. Franklin offers allergy testing and a wide range of treatment options, including allergy immunotherapy. He can point you to the right intervention, just as he has helped scores of people in Texas tamp down their allergies.