It is estimated that 60 million Americans (20% of the U.S.) suffer from all types of allergies. For adults, allergies are the fifth leading chronic disease and a major cause of absenteeism from work. A study by Damien Léger, MD found that patients with allergic rhinitis have more difficulty with sleep disorders and sleep more than those without allergies. All sleep disorders and complaints of the study – including insomnia, waking during the night, snoring and feeling fatigued when awake – were more common in people with allergies. These patients also slept fewer hours, took longer to fall asleep and more often felt sleepy during the day.
Allergies are more likely to develop in childhood or early adulthood. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America said that allergy is the third most common chronic disease among children under 18. Children have a high prevalence of allergy environmental allergies especially outdoors with 40% of children stating that allergies limit their activities. Allergic rhinitis is a risk factor for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in children, factors that have been linked to poor academic performance.
Drugs against allergies are available to help them sleep, but can have various side effects such as fatigue or becoming sleepy during the day. There are alternatives to drugs that can help a person allergic to improve sleep there. These alternatives can create the same results for a restful night as drugs, without side effects. For more information on natural ways to work with allergies Internet search or ask your doctor.