Sneezing yourself to sleep

Spring has sprung here in Australia, and as much as we are excited about the warmer weather, many of us are dreading the onset of seasonal allergies.

Common symptoms of hay fever can include:

  • Sneezing
  • Running nose
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Problems breathing
  • Headaches
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Snoring

The above symptoms often cause sleep disturbances, resulting in fatigue. Over-the-counter and prescription medication such as antihistamines can reduce symptoms. However, don’t forget to check with a medical professional if it is safe to work or operate heavy machinery, as these types of medications can cause drowsiness.

Other ways to help combat hay fever and ensure a good night’s rest is to clean and update your sleep environment to include anti-allergenic pillows and mattress protectors, as well as the use of air filters.

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