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“Why Are My Allergies Worse At Night?”: Reducing Exposure to Bedroom Allergens & Improving Sleep Quality

Patients often complain of their allergies worsening at bedtime, and there are scientific causes for this, including increased exposure to allergens in the bedroom.

“Why Are My Allergies Worse At Night?”: Reducing Exposure to Bedroom Allergens & Improving Sleep Quality

Do you have trouble sleeping at night because of your allergies?  You’re not alone.  Millions of people suffer from springtime allergies, and many of them find that their symptoms are worse at night.  This is because we are exposed to allergens in our bedrooms for extended periods of time. 

Here are a few tips on how to reduce your exposure to allergens in your bedroom and improve your sleep quality:

  • Cover your pillows and mattresses with allergen-proof covers.  These covers will help to keep dust mites, which are a major cause of allergies, out of your bed.
  • Vacuum your bedroom regularly, paying special attention to under the bed and around the bed frame.  When you vacuum, use a HEPA filter to trap allergens.
  • Remove carpeting from your bedroom.  Carpeting is a major dust collector, so removing it can help to reduce your exposure to allergens.
  • Get rid of clutter in your bedroom.  Clutter can collect dust and other allergens, so it’s important to keep your bedroom as clean and uncluttered as possible.
  • Wash your bedding in hot water at least once a week.  This will help to kill dust mites and other allergens.
  • Keep your bedroom windows closed at night.  This will help to prevent pollen and other allergens from getting into your bedroom.
  • Take a shower before bed.  This will help to remove allergens from your body and hair.
  • Avoid smoking in your bedroom.  Smoke can irritate your airways and make your allergies worse.
  • If you have pets, keep them out of your bedroom.  Pet dander is a major allergen, so it’s important to keep your pets out of your bedroom.

By following these tips, you can reduce your exposure to allergens in your bedroom and improve your sleep quality.

If you have severe allergies, you may also need to take medication or undergo allergy immunotherapy.  These treatments can help to reduce your sensitivity to allergens and improve your quality of life.

If you are struggling with allergies, talk to an Allergy & Asthma specialist at Advanced Specialty Care by calling us today or requesting your appointment online.  They can diagnose a wide range of allergy types and help manage your condition, developing a treatment plan that is right for you.  Appointments are available in Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk, and Ridgefield, CT.

Allergist & Immunologist Dr. Neetu Godhwani- Allergy Doctor in New Milford & Danbury, CTDr. Neetu Godhwani

Dr. Godhwani is an Allergy & Asthma doctor at Advanced Specialty Care, specializing in asthma, allergy and immunology with an interest in allergic rhinitis, immune deficiency, eosinophilic esophagitis, chronic sinusitis, childhood eczema, asthma, chronic hives, food allergy, and drug allergy.  She treats adult & pediatric patients in our Danbury & Norwalk offices.


The Allergy & Asthma specialists at Advanced Specialty Care, Drs. Yogen Dave, Neetu Godhwani, Purvi Shah, Cristina Vo, and APRN Michelle DiMauro, specialize in all of your family’s Allergy concerns–offering the region’s largest and longest-running Immunotherapy program.  To schedule your appointment with an Allergy & Asthma Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care, with offices in Danbury, New Milford, Ridgefield & Norwalk, CT, call us or request your appointment today.

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