We all know how annoying it is to sleep when we’ve got a cold. All that sneezing, stuffed nose and banging headache make it hard to get into a comfortable enough position to sleep, plus if we wake in the middle of the night, it can feel almost impossible to get back to sleep. Luckily the symptoms of a cold wear off after a week or so. That is, unless you suffer from allergies, when you constantly feel like you’ve got congestion and sleeping problems.

Allergies can have a flare-up for a number of reasons but, in the bedroom, the most common cause of allergies are dust and irritants caused by clutter and poor housekeeping – and as we spend so much time in our bedrooms, this can become a problem. All need not be lost though, as its actually possible to improve your allergy symptoms with just a few simple steps. In fact, you might just end up with an allergy-free room at last:

Mattress protector1: Close Your Windows

It might seem odd to keep your bedroom windows closed, especially when we’ve been taught all our lives that its healthy to let in fresh air. However, with this fresh air, we are also letting in dust and pollen from outside. Hay fever affects around 13 million of us in the UK, and it can be really debilitating to our sleep. The British weather doesn’t tend to get too warm, so there isn’t really any need to open our bedroom windows – opt for a fan if you’re too warm instead. 

2: Vacuum Regularly

A lot of us are guilty for just running the vacuum quickly over our floors, only really pulling our furniture out once or twice a year for a deep clean. Yet, when you are an allergy sufferer, it’s immensely important to thoroughly clean our bedrooms at least once a month – more so if you have pets. Use a HEPA filter and ensure you vacuum under and behind your bed. It’s also highly worth hoovering your mattress to remove dead skin cells that can attract dust mites. If you have carpets in your room, you might want to think about switching to a hardwood floor, which is easier to keep dust-free.

3: Keep Bedding Protected

Your mattress should be covered in a hypoallergenic mattress cover, as this will help keep your mattress free from dust mites and moulds. Ideally you should get an allergen-free mattress and pillows too, however, this can be pricey to replace all at once, so a topper is a good, cheaper alternative. Sheets and pillowcases should be washed at least once a week at a high temperature to kill off any contaminants.

4: Keep Your Room Animal Free

Yes, it can be hard to say no to your pets, but for your health’s sake it is far better to have your bedroom as an allergen-free zone. Not only do cats and dogs shed fur onto our sheets, they also bring in dirt and contaminants from outside and litter boxes etc. If you do insist on letting your animals in, try to have a blanket on your quilt for them to lie on and consider washing your sheets and vacuuming more frequently.

5: Eliminate Your Clutter

When it comes to trinkets, books, moisturisers, make-up etc. we can be terrible for piling up our belongs on to the tops of our bedroom furniture. True, they might look nice, but all those things just clutter up your room and attract dust. Try to get rid of as much as possible, and if you do have some things left out, be sure to lift and dust them once a week. Also, beware lots of extra cushions on your bed, as these often get chucked on the floor where there’s dust/dirt and then returned to our beds and pillows the next morning!

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