Sneezing, watery eyes, a runny nose, itchy throat – hay fever symptoms are anything but a walk in the park.
And it’s not just during the day that hay fever sufferers have to muddle through with the symptoms, but at night too.
Given that it will affect one in five of us at some point in our lives, what can you do to get a good night’s sleep during the hay fever ridden months?
Here are some ways to help reduce night-time hay fever symptoms:
Clean the air you live in
Pollen might originate from outdoors, but in a country where air conditioning is sparse it’s likely that many of us will be opening our windows during hot days.
To combat pollen following you indoors it’s worth investing in an air purifier that’ll scrub the air of not only pollen but outdoor air pollution from traffic, transport and agriculture.
They come in a range of formats from the traditional air purifier such as the Blueair Classic 205 which literally sucks in air, cleans it and then pushes it back out.
Alternatively Dyson has developed its range of Pure Cool/Pure Cool + Hot air purifiers which combine an air purifier with a fan so that not only will it keep you cool, it’ll only be blowing clean air around your home.
Keep track of the pollen count
One of the best ways to mitigate the effects of hay fever is to stay abreast of how high the pollen count is in your area.
The Met Office app has a comprehensive breakdown of all the weather in your local area and around the country.
It even lets you select your home town and then turns on specific notifications when the pollen count is expected to be high so you won’t even need to proactively check every day, your phone will just let you know.
Get hands-on around the home
It’s not just about being tech-savvy, there are plenty of simple practical things you can do to lower your exposure to pollen outside.
The NHS’ advice page on hay fever recommends washing your face every time you come inside from the outdoors or ideally having a shower when you get home from work.
If your allergy is particularly bad it also recommends hanging your laundry indoors so you’re not exposing your clothes to outdoor pollen.
Finally placing some Vaseline or petroleum jelly around your nostrils can help capture pollen particles and provide a layer of defence.
Upgrade your vacuum cleaner
If you don’t want to invest in an air purifier then buying a vacuum with a HEPA filter can be a practical alternative.
Unlike non-HEPA vacuum cleaners these are specifically designed to trap tiny particles and then make sure that they’re not released back into the room the moment you have to dispose of the waste.
Shark’s range of corded upright vaccuum cleaners come with special brushes specifically designed to remove pet hairs.
Dyson’s V10 Animal cordless vacuum also contains a whole-machine filtration system that can track particles as small as 0.3 microns. It then uses a special ejection mechanism that makes sure the dirt is ejected deep into the bin.
Keep your home clean and dry
Another alternative to an air purifier is a dehumidifier. Unlike an air purifier which simply cleans the air, a dehumidifier can clean the air but also removes any moisture from it.
This is particularly useful if you want to dry your clothes indoors but you don’t have the kind of ventilation that still keeps you protected from pollen outside.
Dehumidifiers come in all shapes, sizes and prices, however the key is making sure that you get one which specifically cleans the air while it’s running.
Meaco offer two HEPA filter dehumidifiers that will specifically trap particulates and even includes a special laundry mode that will help your laundry dry without removing any softness.