It’s has long been understood that getting a healthy night’s sleep is crucial for general health, and it has come to light just how severe of lack of sleep epidemic really is.

Research from Berkeley, University of California has uncovered the disturbing effects a lack of sleep is having on our health and our quality of life.  The findings are grim.  Not getting enough sleep is said to shorten your life expectancy dramatically, increase your risk of cancer and heart disease not to mention an increase in the number of sick days taken and reduction in productivity.

As a rule of thumb, humans are said to need approximately 7 hours of sleep per night minimum.  Yet millions of us here in the UK are scraping by on  hours or less, and in some cases a shocking 3 or 4 hours only!

Sleep is the way your body has evolved to allow it to regenerate, process thoughts and emotions and build a resilience to infections and diseases.  And whilst there is a degree of randomness in susceptibility to cancer for example, someone who has experienced a lifetime of poor sleep puts themselves at far greater risk.

Lack of Sleep for Allergy Sufferers.

These worrying statistics should be of particular interest to allergy sufferers.  If, like me, you experience what is essentially all year round hay-fever, you will know only too well it can be like having a permanent cold.  And in order to fight off the effects of congestion and rhinitis, you need to be healthy and well rested.  This means eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy body mass and crucially, getting enough sleep.

A body that is run down from excess alcohol consumption and a lack of proper, deep sleep is asking for trouble.  In my experience this means that the next time you suffer an allergic reaction, it is far more likely to become a prolonged illness or infection.

I consider myself lucky in this regard.  I am reasonably fit and healthy and well educated on the subject, and I take all the necessary steps I can to help my body react well to allergies.

However if you’re someone for whom allergies seem to be overwhelming and completely debilitating, you perhaps need to consider your overall health.  Are you getting enough sleep, or are you staying up late watching Netflix and eating an, albeit delicious, junk food diet?

Every action has a reaction.  If you sleep in a bright, dusty, poorly ventilated environment with a dust allergy, and don’t get to bed early enough you’re asking for trouble.  However if you take steps to make your sleeping environment as clean and sterile as possible, and take real steps to get the 7 hours minimum you need per night, with no distractions, I think you will quickly see an improvement in your ability to fight off your allergy.