Hay fever season is in full swing and with many suffering from it, some have found the symptoms to be worse at night. Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis and it is an allergic reaction to pollen, dust or mould which can irritate your nose and causes cold-like symptoms.
Certain foods can make symptoms worse
Avogel advises that if you find your hay fever symptoms to be worse at night, it may be a good idea to check your diet as what you eat in the evening can be to blame for worse symptoms.
The website says: “Now, it is not uncommon to sit in front of television at night with a bar of chocolate but, as this contains the chemical histamine, it is likely to make hayfever worse.
“After all, histamine is produced by the body in response to pollen and this is what triggers symptoms like a runny nose or irritated eyes.”
Dairy products, like cream or a hot chocolate before bed also have the potential to worsen symptoms.
However it isn’t just alcohol that should be avoided before sleeping.
Avogel says: “Sweetened drinks like fizzy juice can act against adrenaline which the body produces to subdue the effects of histamine.
“So if, you’ve had a few sugary drinks in the evening, you may find that your hayfever symptoms become noticeable as a result.”
A cup of tea or coffee in the evening should also be avoided, as caffeine constants histamine.
Even decaffeinated tea and coffee still contain a small amount of caffeine in them and should be avoided before bed.
Your sleeping position might have an effect
If you are prone to a blocked nose and nasal congestion then you may find it worse at night due to your sleeping position.
Avogel says that your nose cannot drain effectively when you are lying down, meaning that a blocked nose will probably become more noticeable.
The health experts recommend adding an extra pillow to support your head, this will prop your head up to allow your airways to become more clear.
You can check the accurate pollen count here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/pollen-forecast#?date=2020-05-19
Published at Tue, 19 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000