Restful sleep for allergy sufferers

Restful sleep for allergy sufferers

Allergy sufferers suffer from their illness for many months of the year. In addition, the allergic reactions manifest not only during the day, but also at night in the bedroom, when the body should actually recover. The following article explains to allergy sufferers how they can help themselves to a restful sleep with simple measures.

Allergies - Illnesses with Multifaceted Faces

The term allergy summarizes a canon of illnesses. Differences between the inflammatory processes arise depending on where the allergic disease manifests in the human body. Mostly the allergens reach the inside of the body through the entrance gates of the human. There they trigger different symptoms.

Hay fever (rhinoconjunctivitis), the most common allergy worldwide, manifests itself with swelling of the mucous membranes in the nasal and oral area, itching, runny nose and tears in the eyes. On the other hand, atopic dermatitis (eczema) causes itchy skin rashes in those affected. Food allergies, which are particularly difficult to diagnose, lead to nausea and diarrhea, but also swelling in the throat and mouth.

At first glance, harmless environmental substances are often responsible for the allergy. The food allergy mentioned, for example, is often triggered by fruits and nuts, but also eggs, dairy products and cereals, if affected are sensitive to it.

When allergies rob the recovering sleep

For allergy sufferers, their condition is a daily battle that affect them in many ways negatively. Particularly problematic, however, is the situation when their allergy manifests itself in the bedroom and robs them of sleep. For humans, sleep is a necessity, even if we have not discovered the reason for it yet. The fact is, lack of sleep can affect performance and lead to depression. For this reason, allergy sufferers have to make their bedroom allergen-free.

Allergen-free means: Neither mold fungus nor chemicals may be found here. Anyone who doubts this can first have a room air analysis carried out. As part of the analysis, residential toxins such as formaldehyde or molds - if any - are located.

Allergy sufferers should already pay attention to where the future bedroom is located when building or buying a house. Recommended are rooms that are full of light and air. Furthermore, the room should be located on a side of the house that faces away from busy areas (a street, for example). The muffled, dark bedrooms on the ground floors and basements are not suitable.

The room design is based on the motto: less is more. Allergy sufferers should concentrate on the essentials when choosing furniture and objects. The fewer things in the room, the cleaner the air. So that the room does not look too barren, it can be upgraded with beautiful colors and decorative items.

Bed linen: The biggest culprit in the bedroom

Scientists have interviewed 2,000 Britons about their allergies. Thirty-four percent of them said their allergies are most common in the bedroom (34 percent). The reason for this phenomenon is attributed to the bedding according to the researchers. 17 percent of respondents change them only once a month, twelve percent every eight weeks.

This is simply too rare for people with allergies - even if they use special blankets for people with allergies. Animal hair, dust mites and mold are the main causes of allergies. If they are in the blanket, they also trigger allergies.

Using hypo-allergenic blankets is a good step towards addressing this problem. On there are blankets for allergy sufferers for different seasons: summer, summer half-year, winter, winter half-year and 4 seasons. Depending on personal requirements and temperature in the bedroom, allergy sufferers should use at least one blanket for summer and one for winter. It is better, however, to own two and exchange and purify each week. In this way, mites and Co. can not even nest.

The replacement of blankets for allergy sufferers, however, is not the only cleaning measure in the bedroom: allergy sufferers here - and all other rooms of the house - regularly dust and vacuum. This is the only way they can eliminate possible allergic triggers and provide a restful, restful sleep.

There are special protective covers to protect allergy sufferers, mattresses and pillows. Professor Jörg Lindemann from the ENT-Linik in Ulm recommends these so-called encasings. They are woven fine-meshed and ensure that mite droppings remain on the protective cover. Furthermore, keep dander away from the bed - they are the main food source of the mites.

Building Materials Allergic People Should Avoid

There are a number of building materials that are generally unsuitable for allergy sufferers. These should not be used when building a house or renovating the home.

  • Vinyl wallpaper, woodchip and fabric wallpaper are often made from recycled paper or recycled wood. Even printed wallpapers are not a good choice as they contain solvents, heavy metals, fungicides and other chemicals.
  • ÖKO-TEST magazine found harmful substances in latex paints, including suspected carcinogens and allergy-inducing preservatives, as well as solvents.
  • Anti-fume paint should stop the infestation of mold on walls and wallpaper. However, as it contains chemical fungicides, it may cause allergies.
  • Traditional carpets often contain plasticizers. These pollutants cause allergies.

Building materials that are suitable for allergy sufferers:

  • Carpets are suitable for allergy sufferers, as demonstrated by a study by the German Allergy and Asthma Association and the Society for the Environment and Interior Analysis. The fine dust load is higher in a wooden floor. Nevertheless, allergy sufferers often and thoroughly suck the carpet.
  • The ceiling and walls can be painted with natural colors. Clay, chalk and casein paints are particularly compatible.
  • In addition to the carpet, tiles, linoleum or wooden floorboards are also suitable. However, regular (moist) care is necessary.

The climate in the bedroom is

Allergy sufferers depend on a healthy room climate. Anyone who owns a carpet should clean it every two to three days with a special vacuum cleaner, which is suitable for allergy households. Consumers who have opted for a floor made of tiles, wooden floorboards or similar wipe twice a week. The wet wiping removes dust completely. Not only on the floor settles dust, also on furniture and decorative items. Therefore, to facilitate the work, only a few of these items should be found in the bedroom. Moist cleaning - at least once a week - is also required for furniture and decorative objects.

Finding and combating causes of allergies

The tips above are for allergy prevention. Under which allergies each individual suffers and what causes them, they must explore together with a doctor. Only in this way can allergy sufferers alleviate their symptoms and effectively combat the causes of allergy.

The fight against allergies is mostly medicinal. There are drugs that relieve symptoms (cortisone, antihistamines), but also vaccines. As part of a vaccination, the allergy is virtually combated with their own weapons. The body is basically trained to assert itself against the allergen. Therapy continues until the body stops responding to the allergen.


Many Germans suffer from various allergies. In the bedroom, they are most noticeable. Through various preventive measures, allergy sufferers can recover properly. In the long term, it makes sense not only to alleviate the symptoms, but to fight the cause.

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