There is nothing more relaxing than laying down in a cool bed at the end of a long day spent in the summer sun. But for many allergy sufferers, this is where things start to get tricky. With pollen counts high, dust on the rise due to humidity, and other allergens, falling asleep can be a struggle.
Here are some tips on how to keep common allergens to a minimum.
- Dust Regularly- One of the most common allergens is dust. By keeping your sleep space as neat as possible, you can keep this problem in check. Keep a quick dust wipe in your room to quickly go over the tops of furniture. Keeping clutter to a minimum can help with this as well.
- Vacuum Often- Dust, and other allergens tracked in from outdoors, settle into carpeting. The more often you vacuum, the less you’ll be breathing them in. You can also vacuum your bed. Not only are there specialty vacuums for your mattress, but any hand attachment on your standard model should work as well.
- Spend Time Outdoors Wisely- Delegate lawn care to someone else when you can, avoid windy days, and keep an eye on the pollen count as the day goes on. When you come back inside, wash your hair to remove any pollen or other allergens that may have landed there.
- Bed Time- Studies have shown that while allergen bedding won’t stop your problems completely, it can help exponentially. Wash your bed sheets weekly in hot water to get rid of any allergens that may be lurking. Many mattress pads are specially made to create an allergen-blocking barrier and pillow protectors are a great way to help cut down on problems as well. Pillows should be replaced every few years due to a build up of dust mites, among other things. If it’s time to replace your pillows, try the Tommy Bahama® Island Living Allergen Relief Twin Pack.