Expert advice from Boots Pharmacist Tom Kallis to help you manage your hayfever symptoms at night.
- Keep the windows shut at night and first thing in the morning. Feeling hot? Pop your pillow case in the freezer before bedtime for a temporary cooling effect
- Wear sunglasses after sun down. Not because you’re a wannabe celeb but to help protect your eyes from pollen
- Hang laundry inside - even when the sun is shining - because you don’t want pollen-infused bedding
- Shower before you go to bed to help wash any stray pollen from your hair and skin which could aggravate your symptoms overnight
- Teeth cleaned, face washed and moisturised? Don’t forget a final smear of petroleum jelly under your nose which may help trap pollen
And the next day?
- Shower again! Showering in the morning helps to stimulate the circulatory system and ‘shock’ your body into a more awake state if you’ve lost out on shut-eye overnight
- Think twice before reaching for a coffee or chocolate based pick-me-up – both contain high levels of vasoactive amines, like histamine which can cause some sensitive individuals to suffer ‘allergy-like’ symptoms
- Lose the booze – Alcoholic drinks, such as wine and beer and cider can make it hard to sleep well anyway and these also contain histamine and other vasoactive amines.
- Chill two teaspoons in the fridge overnight then cup them over your eyes for 5 minutes to help combat any puffiness caused by lack of sleep
- Stay hydrated – to help replace lost fluids and help you feel more energised