You might already know that seasonal allergies can erode your immune system and make you more likely to catch a spring cold. However, that's not the only downside to spring-time sneezing. How do allergies affect your sleep? Seasonal allergies can be super disruptive to your sleep cycle, and not getting enough REM time can make you more likely to get sick, which creates a vicious cycle of misery. In Los Angeles, where I live, the flowers are blooming and the Santa Ana winds are blowing something fierce, which makes for a pretty miserable allergy season.
Terry Cralle, registered nurse and Better Sleep Council certified clinical sleep educator, tells Bustle that there are some unexpected things that can disrupt your sleep during allergy season. "Yes, spring is in the air, but so are pollen and other allergens. Leaving the bedroom windows open at night is a setup for an allergy attack and a poor night’s sleep," Cralle says. "If you suffer from allergies, turning on the AC is a safer alternative." When I leave my windows open, there is a layer of dirt on everything by the end of the day. As a year-round allergy sufferer, I am a vigilant with the vacuum, and I dust every single day to alleviate some of my misery. If you haven't been sleeping well since spring sprung a few weeks ago, here are some ways allergies can affect your sleep, and some tips for getting more rest during allergy season.