We are well and truly into the hay fever season.
While a lot of us enjoy the warmth and blossoms that come with winter's close, for one in six Australians, Springtime is incredibly unpleasant.
In Spring, the pollens from grasses and flowers are at their peak and so on days that are particularly warm and windy, the air becomes filled with microscopic allergens.
And while hay fever is not triggered by hay, nor does it produce a fever, the sneezing, itchiness and tiredness that it produces can interfere with sleep.
If you're someone who is adversely affected by the pollenated winds of the pre-summer period, here are 5 tips to help you sleep better.
Vacuum your bedroom. In fact, vacuum the whole house. Make sure you're doing all you can to make sure the dust and pollen that gets trapped in the carpet and collects on the floor is removed.
Keep your pets out out of the bedroom. Making sure there's not pet hair on your bedding will go a long way to improving your sleep. And if you want to go the extra mile, clean your pets to get rid of any pollen they might be carrying.
Don't use clothing that's been worn outside as PJs. Some people like to wear their day clothes as pajamas, which is often ok. But in hay fever season, it's best to put on a fresh set of sleeping gear and throw your clothes in the wash.
Shower in the evenings. Even if you're a morning shower person, jumping under the stream before bed will wash away any pollen you might have on your hair or skin that could irritate you overnight.
Wash your bedsheets regularly. To minimize the effect of hay fever while you sleep, you should wash your bedsheets at least once a week. You might also want to consider using hypoallergenic laundry detergent if you suffer from particularly strong symptoms.
We hope these tips help you sleep well through the Springtime, so that you can continue to live life more fully.
Sleep well, live well.