Coping with a long day at work is never easy for the best of us, but if you have hay fever it can feel doubly challenging. A 2016 survey by Allergy UK shows that almost 9 out of 10 hay fever sufferers’ sleep was affected by their hay fever, affecting their functioning at work or school the next day. Airborne allergies expert Max Wiseberg offers some advice on reducing the amount of pollen getting into your bedroom and your body at night…
The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK, found that “a huge number (87%) reported that their allergic rhinitis affected their sleep (or their child’s sleep).” The report continued, “this is very significant, as it can impact on how the person functions the next day at school or at work. A worrying 92% of respondents admitted that their symptoms affect their work, school or daily routine and 81% reported that their allergic rhinitis affects their mood in a negative way.”
Hay fever affects around 20-25% of people in the UK. It is estimated that hay fever costs British businesses over £7.1 billion a year in lost productivity among employees  and that overall, the effect of sleep deprivation on productivity and health loses the UK up to £40 billion each year (almost 2% Gross Domestic Product (GDP)) .
Hay fever sufferer and airborne allergies and hay fever expert Max Wiseberg has some advice to help reduce the chances of hay fever affecting your sleep. “Reducing the amount of pollen getting into your body at night can help lessen or prevent the symptoms of hay fever. Everyone can tolerate a certain amount of pollen without reaction. But once this amount is exceeded – called the trigger level – hay fever symptoms will start to occur. So if you stay below this level at night, you won’t get the symptoms and your sleep won’t be affected.
Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics, such as bed covers and curtains, to remove pollen, dust and pet allergen particles. Wash bedding very regularly to remove allergens and dry them indoors rather than on a clothes line to prevent pollen particles being blown onto them by the outside wind.
Close windows and use an air conditioner preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the pollen and dust particles, cool and circulate the air.
Have a nightly routine before bed. Shower at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles and pet hair from your hair and body. Clear the nasal passages; wither sniff up water and blow it out again through the nostrils, or use a saline nasal spray, to clear pollen from the nose. Then apply an allergen barrier balm, such as HayMax, to the nostrils and around the bones of the eyes. HayMax has been proven trap more than a third of pollen, as well as dust and pet allergens, before they enter the body. 
If you own a pet then ensure that it is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pet allergens and pollen particles, or ban them from the bedroom completely.”
HayMax is an organic allergen barrier balm that is applied to the base of the nose and around the bones of the eyes. In a 2015 study by leading allergy charity Allergy UK, 80% said that HayMax worked .
HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett; selected Morrisons, Waitrose and Boots; independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores; on 01525 406600 and from haymax.biz.