Spring Into Action With Allergy Relief Tips During 'Better Sleep Month'
MAY 14, 2012 - 07:00 ET
Seize Your Day by Taking Control of Allergies at Night With Five Tips From Ashley Sleep
ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - May 14, 2012) - Spring has sprung. And for most people, the season conjures up images of lovely flowers, backyard barbecues and warm breezes. But if you suffer from allergies, it may represent nothing more than a stuffy nose, watery eyes and non-stop sneezing -- all of which can wreak havoc on a good night's rest.
"According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 35 million Americans suffer from allergies because of airborne pollen," says Ben Thorud, Senior Vice President of Ashley Sleep. "Allergies can lead to nighttime discomfort that not only causes you to lose sleep, it also affects the quality of sleep you may be getting, which can lead irritability, decreased energy levels and poor performance."
May is peak allergy season; but it also happens to be Better Sleep Month. Ashley Sleep is offering five simple tips for combating allergies at night, so you can wake up feeling refreshed in the morning:
1. Do some spring cleaning. Make sure you keep your home, especially your bedroom, dusted and vacuumed about twice a week. Since this can initially kick up a lot of dust, be sure to wear a face mask while cleaning, if needed. Also, wash the curtains and bedding regularly to cut down on allergens.
2. Choose an allergy-friendly mattress/box spring. A Latex Mattress is an excellent choice if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Not only is it a naturally hypoallergenic, renewable and eco-friendly material made from the sap of plantation-grown rubber trees, it's also bacteria, mold, mildew and dust-mite resistant. Allergy-friendly foundations, like Ashley Sleep's 'Better than a Box Spring' risers, help provide better allergy relief by not having an area for dust and bugs to dwell in.
3. Forgo the "fresh" air. While it may be tempting to open up doors and windows to let in fresh air during springtime ... don't forget ... you're also letting in all the allergens! Keep windows and doors closed and turn on the A/C or dehumidifier. Be sure to change your air filter regularly.
4. Use an air purifier. Reduce dust and pollen by using an air purifier in the bedroom and other areas to improve air quality. Do some homework and choose one with a HEPA filter that removes a range of particles, allergens and chemicals.
5. Stay indoors during certain times. Pollen tends to peak between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Try to avoid going outdoors during that time. If it's unavoidable, be sure and take a shower before going to bed, to get rid of the allergens that stick to your skin and hair.
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