If you suffer from allergies, you probably don't need me to tell you that they can make it difficult to sleep.
Coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and snoring can keep you from snoozing soundly. While you probably can't get rid of your allergies, keeping your home free of dust, dander, mold, and mildew can help decrease their impact at night.
Here are a few simple ways to prevent your allergies from keeping you up at night:
1. Wash your bedding in hot water once a week to kill off and remove dust mites and other allergens.
2. Keep pets out of the bedroom so you keep the dander down to a minimum while you sleep.
3. Regularly dry out humid rooms, like your bathroom, to prevent a buildup of mold.
4. And clean any mold that does appear with a solution of one cup of bleach and one cup of water.
5. Put your pillows and mattresses inside dust-proof covers.
6. Leave your shoes at the front door so you aren't tracking in pollen.
7. Opt for low-pile rugs, as they're easier to clean and don't accumulate as many allergens.
8. Use a slightly damp mop or rag to clean up dust when it appears in your home, so you aren't kicking it up into the air.
9. And clean your humidifier or diffuser every three days to stop it from breeding mold and bacteria.
By the way, if you've been having trouble sleeping and it's not going away, it's definitely worth checking with your doctor. Many things can cause insomnia, from stress to certain disorders, and your doctor will best be able to help you figure out what's going on so you can get the sleep you need. In the meantime, you can always read more about insomnia here.