Sleep expert’s unusual ‘selfie’ hack to beat hay fever at night amid ‘pollen bomb’

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Runny nose ruining your chances of a good night’s sleep? Don’t worry, an expert has shared his top tips to beat off hay fever symptoms during the night – and all you need to do is take a selfie

A selfie a day keeps the hay fever away? Well, kind of…

If you’ve been sniffling nonstop this month, you can probably blame the series of ‘pollen bombs’ that were slated to hit the UK. The phenomenon occurs when a significant amount of pollen is released into the air within a short period, which can trigger a host of unpleasant hay fever symptoms.

You’re not alone, as Google searches for ‘hay fever’ have also skyrocketed a whopping 275 per cent in the past three months – as thousands of Brits suffer with the common allergy. Luckily, there are several ways to beat off the sniffles during the night.

Martin Seeley, sleep expert and CEO of MattressNextDay, recommends stacking up your pillows and taking a ‘selfie’ to make sure your head is in the right position.

“The anatomy of your nose and throat means that while you’re horizontal, it’s harder for your body to let mucus and other nasty bodily fluids drip down,” the pro said. “You’ll also find it harder to breathe, as your nose will stay blocked and it’ll be harder to clear your airways than when you’re upright. This is why you should try to raise your head so try layering your pillows higher than normal to keep your head elevated.”

Seeley advises Brits to take a selfie of their face and torso whilst lying in their sleeping position to see if they have the right size pillow. “With the photo in front, draw a vertical line down the middle of your face, and then down the middle of your torso. If these don’t line up, your pillow isn’t high enough,” he added.

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The expert also recommends using a hairdryer to remove pet hair and dust from under your bed. “As well as pollen, one of the main causes of an allergy reaction is dust,” he said. “So, with that in mind, you need to keep on top of your dust around the other areas, which is where pet hair can lurk.” Seeley added keeping windows open in the day can also create a ‘well-ventilated environment’ for dust to escape, and homeowners should be regularly dusting their bedrooms throughout the year.

Taking a hot shower before bed, keeping yourself hydrated, and investing in an air purifier or humidifier may also help dampen the effects of hay fever. You can get an air purifier for as little as £29 from IKEA. But, the highly-acclaimed Dyson alternative will set you back a whopping £300.

Do you have a natural hack to stop hay fever? Let us know what works for you in the comments section below

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