Outside, the first flowers and trees are blooming. But, the awakening of nature has a side effect: pollen. For allergy sufferer, the first pollen count cares for hay fever. The nose itches and is clogged, they eyes are swollen. In worst case, even shortness of breath is possible. Mind a few things, and you still will find rest and sleep.
Restful sleep in spite of hay fever
Avoid histamine containing food: Our body releases histamine to fight the proteins in the pollen. This leads to symptoms like watery eyes, irritated mucous membranes and coughing attacks. Therefore, allergy sufferers best avoid histamine containing food during pollen season. Hard cheese, nuts, wheat, tuna, tomatoes and smoked things contain histamine. Better eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead of wheat, take spelt, oat, millet, amaranth and quinoa. Food rich in zinc, selenium, magnesium and vitamin C weaken the symptoms. Walnuts, for example, not only contain magnesium but also the amino-acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is sleep supporting what makes walnuts a perfect evening snack. In addition to a proper nutrition, people concerned should care for sufficient fluid intake. Drinking fresh water keeps your mucous membranes moist. This effectively protects from bacteria and viruses.
Wash your hair and change your clothes: During daytime, pollen and farina easily set in the hair. Therefore it is advisable to wash your hair before going to bed. Like this, your pillow remains pollen-free and neither your eyes nor your nose are additionally irritated during the night. Don’t take off your clothes in the bedroom.
Comfortable room climate: A comfortable room climate cares for healthy sleep. Therefore, it is important to have sufficient fresh air in the bedroom. But, during pollen season air your room only late in the evening. A filter in front of the window helps to keep the pollen from your bedroom.
Swimming instead of jogging: Avoid jogging after work and better go for a swim. The humid air has a calming effect on your mucous membranes.
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