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Why Is My Hay Fever Worse At Night?

If you’re a hay fever sufferer you may dread the summer months and the blocked nose, itchy eyes and other cold-like symptoms you get when pollen levels are at their peak.

At the end of the day when you’re getting ready for bed, you may think you’ll get enough of a break from your symptoms to get a good night’s sleep. But the truth is that many people find that their hay fever symptoms are worse at night.

This might seem counter-intuitive since you’re inside and away from the pollen. But you’re actually carrying pollen around in your hair and on your clothes, and it may have blown in through the window during the day.  

We have five tips that should help you sleep better during hay fever season.

Shower before going to bed

On a warm day you might feel like having a shower to freshen up. Besides refreshing you on a sticky summer day, this is also a good idea to wash the pollen off your body and out of your hair.

If you have any facial hair, you should wash this thoroughly at the end of the day, or consider going clean shaven to prevent any pollen there making your hay fever worse.

If your partner has long hair you may find that pollen trapped in their hair makes your symptoms worse, so it’s best if your partner can wash their hair before going to bed too.

Don’t snuggle with your pets!

Pets are likely to trap pollen in their fur, after running around outside in long grass. If you then cuddle your dog or cat before going to bed, the pollen is likely to transfer to you and make your symptoms worse.

And if your pet likes to sleep on your bed, it might be worth finding somewhere else for them to sleep for the time being, so they don’t spread pollen around your bedroom.

Keep doors and windows closed during the day

Keeping windows and doors closed is something you might not feel like doing, but it will drastically reduce the amount of pollen coming into your house during the day.

This is particularly true on breezy days when the pollen is getting blown around that much more.

Give your bedroom a deep clean

To get rid of any pollen that has already settled in your bedroom, it’s a good idea to vacuum and dust regularly.

Wash your pillows or change them if you’ve had them for several years. You should also make sure you’re aware of the pollen count on the day you hang washing outside. If the pollen count is high, you could end up with clean sheets covered in pollen, which will only make your night-time symptoms worse.

Cover your bed

It’s a good idea to cover your bed with a blanket to stop pollen settling on it. It’s inevitable that some pollen will get into your bedroom, so covering your bed with a blanket will help prevent pollen landing on your pillow or sheets.