So, you happily climb into bed only to be kept awake by uncomfortable allergy symptoms such as coughing, a runny nose and itchy eyes. Have you ever wondered why these things suddenly seem to get worse when you head to bed? If you suffer from hayfever there will probably be times when your symptoms are so severe that it actually feels like the pollen is raining down on you! When the weather is humid, pollen grains rise with the heat. However, as we enter into evening territory and the temperature begins to fall, pollen grains drop back down to ground level. This is actually called a pollen shower and explains why hayfever symptoms can get worse at night. These pollen showers are particularly problematic in the city because large concentrations of concrete buildings emit more heat. This means it takes longer for the air to cool and pollen levels drop much later on in the evening, hence your symptoms become problematic when you head to bed.
If you suffer from certain allergies, you may notice that your symptoms worsen at bedtime, which can leave you tossing and turning all night. Restful sleep is key to overall health and wellness. Allergy triggers and symptoms are unique to each individual. Allergies can depend on your body, your environment and even your geographic location. A variety of factors can cause allergy symptoms to worsen in the evenings for many people. During the day, pollens are pushed up into the air by warmer temperatures, but are actually at their peak at night, when they fall back down due to cooler air. If you suffer from seasonal pollen allergies, this could be why you sneeze more at night. Additionally, allergens like pollen stick to your clothes, skin and hair during the day.
If you feel that your allergy symptoms seem to get worse at night, you are not alone. Some people may experience bad allergy attacks at night, even if they do not have them during the day. Here are some possible reasons for this and what you can do and to help keep nighttime allergy problems from ruining your sleep. If you have respiratory allergies, you may experience a collection of symptoms that all start with your nose — perhaps you take a breath and a substance like pollen or dust lands on the lining of your nose. These substances, called allergens, may cause a release of chemicals that produce symptoms as your body attempts to protect you from what it perceives as a threat. This is an immune response. Allergens include pollen, dander, mold or dust mite droppings — all pollutants you may find in your home and bedroom. The presence of allergens like pollen, pet dander or dust mites are common indoors.