The effects of allergies in our lives can definitely extend to the quality of sleep that we’re having. There are studies that people with allergic rhinitis, eczema, or hives has a high percentage of developing insomnia as compared to people who don’t have allergies.
A recent study that was presented at the 2019 AAAAI Annual Meeting finds lack of exercise and sleep increase the risk of allergic reaction to peanuts. Link to the article down below.
Why Sleep is Important?
In general, proper sleep results in a happier mood, increases metabolism, helps with memory retention and problem-solving, lowers blood pressure, sharpens attention, and lowers stress. According to experts the length of sleep differs but for adults, it’s suggested to have seven to nine hours of sleep to stay at the healthier side of it. Sleeping less or more than these given lengths may result in health issues so make sure that you regulate your sleep properly.
Health Risks of oversleeping and sleep deprivation?
Believe it or not, sleep deprivation and oversleeping may have different effects to a person but may result to same health risks like being more prone to develop diabetes, obesity, developing cardiovascular disease, easily to acquire cold, headaches, back pain, depression, and mood swings.
Proper sleep also makes sure that our heart takes its well-deserved rest but keep in mind that both oversleeping or under sleeping may weaken our hearts.
Allergy and Sleep Deprivation
Allergy attacks may happen whenever and wherever, more so if you are feeling tired and sleepy. It doesn’t matter how much you wanted or needed to sleep, there’s a big possibility that you won’t get to that much deserved ZZZs that you are planning.
Here are some tips on how you can ensure that you can sleep without triggering your allergies.
- Make sure that your bedroom is clean and dust free as much as possible.
- 70 – 80 percent of dust particles in our home is made up of our dead skin so make sure to always have fresh beddings or that you vacuum enough to avoid build up.
- Dust mites, cockroach droppings, and mouse droppings trigger allergic rhinitis so as you can see cleanliness is key to allergy-proofing your bedroom or better yet your whole house
- Check out our blog about the perfect breeding spots for dust mites and how you can make your home dust mite free through our article here.
- Avoid eating before bedtime as this will activate your digestive acids and that can surely disrupt your sleep.
- Refrain from using your phones, laptops, or TV in your bedroom as they emit blue light that tricks your brain and makes you more active like its afternoon.
Allergies affect our sleep and how we sleep affects our allergies as well. Sometimes we overlook things that we’ve been used to doing since childhood that we’re losing track on how important it is in our lives. Our health depends on so many things but what we don’t realize is most of those things are for free or costs less like running, drinking enough water, exercising, or sleeping. Let’s take advantage of these things that only require our time and effort and we can expect a healthier version of us in return.
AAAAI – https://www.aaaai.org/about-aaaai/newsroom/news-releases/sleep
Alasks Sleep – https://www.alaskasleep.com/blog/7-bad-sleeping-habits-to-avoid-to-receive-a-good-nights-sleep
Sleep Foundation – https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/what-healthy-sleep