Is Your Sleep Affected by Allergies?

I’ve talked to a lot of people who are suffering from allergies this year in Boise. My wife and daughter both have allergies year-round. They are even allergic to our dog!

There are a few different allergens that can affect your sleep. The ones that stick out to me are seasonal allergies and dust mites.

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies BoiseSince my family suffers from allergies throughout the year they have found a system that works for them to make sure they still get quality sleep.

I recommend using local honey or honey supplements.

How Does Honey Alleviate Allergies?

There haven’t been any scientific studies about honey and allergies yet.

Students at Xavier University in New Orleans conducted an experiment, though. They studied people with seasonal allergies, year-round allergies, and people with no allergies. They then divided those groups into 3 sections. A third of them took local honey, a third took non-local honey, and the other third took nothing.

The results showed that the people who took local honey had significant improvement after 6 weeks. Even non-local honey did some good!

Local Honey Allergy HelpSince there isn’t much research yet, this is just a hypothesis. Scientists think that honey, especially local honey, works to combat allergies because it contains the same pollen that is in the local air. It works kind of like a vaccine – your body gets used to the pollen and doesn’t react to it like it’s a contagion anymore.

Seems like a reasonable conclusion to me!

You can buy local honey at places like the Boise Co-op or the Boise Farmer’s Market. You can even find honey supplements at the Co-op if you don’t want to eat spoonfuls of honey every day.

Allergies can affect your sleep if you don’t do anything about it. A headache and stuffy nose make it so hard to relax! Try local honey and other natural remedies before hitting the chemicals. Your body will thank you for it!

Dust Mites

These tiny little creatures actually pack quite a punch! They thrive in many home environments, but especially in soft materials like mattresses and other furniture.

Some research shows that after 10 years, your mattress can double in weight due to dead dust mites and their waste. Yuck!

Let’s not think about that.

Instead, let’s talk about allergies and asthma. According to the American Lung Association, “Mites are one of the major indoor triggers for people with allergies and asthma. Dust mite exposure can even cause asthma.”

The best way to combat this that I’ve found is by using a machine-washable mattress protector. This will prevent the microscopic allergens from wafting up to your nose. An added benefit is that it will keep your mattress clean and protected from you, your kids, and your pets!

Take control of your allergies, rather than the other way around. There are a lot of things you can try to make sure you get a great night’s sleep!

If you have any questions, feel free to stop by! I’ll give you any advice or recommendations that I can.

Find a bed that makes you feel good,

Scott