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Insneezia-Do you realise you could be suffering?

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Night time ‘insneezia’ hindering Brits summer shut eye

1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from hay fever, with an allergy to grass pollen being the most common type. Hay fever is a big deal in our household as my husband really suffers and it looks as though G could be following in his footsteps. Also living in the country means our pollen season can last quite a while.

Over the last few weeks Ed had been complaining of insomnia which I duly dismissed (being the caring wife that I am). That was until a really interesting email arrived in my inbox from Boots. The email was all about the problems of pollen and it’s effects on hay fever sufferers not stopping when the sun goes down.

Stats reveal that:

  •  64% of hayfever sufferers admit to suffering from ‘insneezia’ – the insomnia-esque impact of night time hayfever symptoms caused by pollen falling at the end of the day as the air cools.
  • On a typical summer night, insneezia sufferers say that they miss out on 72 minutes of sleep – which equals nearly five whole days across the months of June to August.
  • Itchy eyes (47%) and a blocked nose (45%) are the main symptoms that blight being able to nod off.  Additionally, 64% say it takes them longer to drop off as a result and an equal number (64%) find it harder to get back to sleep once they have been woken up.

Dr Peter Burt from the University of Greenwich has been quoted as saying;

“Hay fever sufferers may find that their symptoms get worse during the evening. This is because pollen rises into the lower atmosphere throughout the day and begins to fall back to the ground as the temperature drops – exposing hay fever sufferers to a higher level of pollen in the evening compared to earlier on in the day.”

It would seem that sufferes of ‘insneezia’ don’t just suffer at night.

62% report that insneezia impacts them the next day as well:

·         One in four report that they struggle the next day at work after a bad night’s sleep

·         22% say they are more argumentative with their loved ones

·         16% decline social events because of their sleepless nights

 It seems those suffering from insneezia will go to all sorts of lengths to relieve their symptoms, with 4% resorting to putting their heads in the freezer to try and provide some welcome relief! (We haven’t tried this in our house yet!)

Boots Pharmaceuticals have released some great advice for insneezia sufferers.

Angela Chalmers Boots UK Pharmacist comments: “Falling pollen at night doesn’t have to get in the way of a good night’s sleep if you take steps to keep your hay fever symptoms in check before your head hits the pillow. Most one-a-day anti-histamines are usually a 24 hour dose, so taking your daily dose at least 3 hours before you go to bed may help reduce symptoms throughout the night. Additionally, consider using a barrier nasal spray before bed, which can be more effective at treating more severe hay fever symptoms, as they create protective lining in the nasal passage reducing the inhalation of the allergens that are responsible for hay fever.” Boots have kindly sent Ed a sample of their nasal barrier spray to try, which has certainly helped ease his symptoms a little.

As regular readers to my blog know I love hacks to make our life smoother and simpler; so here are 5 Hacks for Hay Fever Sufferers.

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