Sleep experts reveal an unusual trick that will help alleviate hay fever symptoms at night to help you sleep better – and spoiler alert, it actually works.
The onset of Spring comes with longer days and warmer weather, however, for some, it’s also another reminder of the insufferable symptoms of hay fever that are to come. While buying the best air purifier is a surefire way to reduce allergens in the home, there are some easy tricks worth trying out too to add to your bedtime ritual.
One method, in particular, has piqued our interest – and it involves stuffing a sock with rice and using it as a facial compress.
How a sock filled with rice can help alleviate hay fever symptoms
‘It’s no secret that hay fever is synonymous with sleep disturbance, which leads to daytime fatigue, irritability, and decreased productivity,’ explains Sammy Margo (opens in new tab), sleep expert at Dreams.
As it’s proven to be one of the factors that impact our sleep, it’s important that those with hay fever take steps to manage their symptoms so as to not compromise on a good night’s rest.
Sinus pressure is a common symptom of hay fever. ‘To combat this, fill a clean sock with uncooked rice and microwave it for 30 seconds and place it on your forehead or over your eyes,’ explains Sammy Margo at Dreams.
‘Making sure that it is not too hot, sleeping with a sock filled with rice is a simple and effective method which may help to soothe sinus pressure caused by hay fever.’
Although you can definitely use a warm flannel as a more conventional hot compress method, Dr Hana Patel (opens in new tab), resident sleep expert at Time4Sleep assures that ‘using a clean sock filled with rice and heated in the microwave is another useful method to create a hot compress that may last a little longer than other options and help to reduce and alleviate hay fever symptoms.’
Hayley Thistleton, sleep expert at SleepSeeker (opens in new tab) adds that ‘the weight of the rice in the sock will provide slightly more relief through extra pressure.’ In addition to hay fever, this method also helps ease headaches.
As a safety disclaimer, the temperature of the rice would depend on the amount of rice, the size of the sock and the wattage of the microwave, so anyone trying this hack should do so with caution!
Additionally, other things you can do to help alleviate hay fever symptoms before bedtime include taking a hot shower before bed, keeping your room clean, changing bed sheets often, and opting for anti-allergy bedding.
Ensuring you get a good night’s sleep doesn’t have to be difficult, regardless of how bad your allergies may get – it’s just a matter of being a little niftier and adapting your bedtime routine accordingly.