According to a CNBC article, the “hygiene hypothesis” theory aims to explain why an increasing number of people are developing allergies. It postulates that modern society’s obsession with hygiene and cleanliness, especially those of developed nations, has led to their children becoming increasingly vulnerable to infectious agents due to their significant lack of exposure. This may be why their immune systems now frequently mistake harmless substances for dangerous invaders. In short, this theory claims we may have created allergies for ourselves.
Although Singapore does not have allergy seasons, it still has its fair share of allergy cases. Some of the most common causes of allergies in the nation include dust mites, shellfish, galactooligosaccharides (GOS), and peanuts. If you or your loved ones experience dust or air related allergy symptoms, it is not uncommon for your allergies to worsen at night, which could lead to sneezing in your sleep and being woken up due to nasal congestion. These incidents could lead to disrupted sleep and bad sleep quality if left unchecked. Here are four tips to try out to get a perfect night’s rest despite your allergies.
1. Use anti-allergy bedding
For many people, their allergy symptoms worsen at night. Pollen, dirt, and dust get into the mattress and force those afflicted with allergies to sleep with a runny nose. Thankfully, some beddings come with advanced anti-allergy fabrics that solve this issue and help avoid exacerbating your symptoms. The hypoallergenic bedding traps fungal spores and dust mites within the bedding, resulting in the lack of dispersion, which are usually the triggering cause of an allergy outbreak. Of course, frequent washing is still recommended for maximum effectiveness.
2. Take a shower before going to sleep
Since pollen, dirt, dust, dander, and mould can all potentially stick to your hair and body, showering before bed washes away contaminants that you would not want to be on your bed. As such, make it a habit to shower before bedtime so you can feel refreshed as you drift off to sleep peacefully. Furthermore, showering under warm to hot water is also one of the best ways to relieve sinus pressure and nasal stuffiness.
3. Keep pets away from your bed in the meantime
Pet hair is among the common allergens that can disrupt your sleep. Therefore, if you have pets and your respiratory allergy symptoms get triggered by their dander, it is best to have them sleep elsewhere for the time being. Ideally, your bedroom should temporarily be a pet-free zone while you still have allergies since if they still get to spend the rest of the day in your room, the problem will remain.
4. Get an air purifier for your bedroom
An air purifier for dust in Singapore like the Wells Interior effectively removes 99.997% of 0.3µm ultra-fine nanoparticles that could potentially ruin your sleep thanks to its H14 Zero Clear HEPA filter. In addition, it features filter customisation for various situations, such as an allergy filter that removes allergens so you can breathe better at night and ultimately improve the air quality of your room. To top it off, its Study Mode function keeps its fan activated at 28db, which is quieter than a library, ensuring its operation does not disrupt your rest.
Sleeping with allergies almost always leads to poor sleep that may affect your daily life. However, your sleep quality and quality of life do not have to suffer despite your allergies. These small changes can add up in a big way and make sure you get a good night’s rest.
At Wells, all our air purifiers come with H14 Zero Clear HEPA filter, which can eliminate up to 99.997% of 0.3µm ultra-fine dust particles. Make the switch to an allergy-free life with Well’s air purifier today!
Aside from air purifiers, Wells also offers a great selection of water purifiers with features such as UV sterilisation to ensure that your drinking water is safe from contaminants. Drop us a line to learn more today!