Managing asthma effectively at night can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and nights that almost never yield rest, and rejuvenation from the stresses of the day.
Sleep that is interrupted by asthma is experienced by more than half of those who suffer with this condition, and fatalities from attacks are by far higher at night. Here are 5 things you can do to stack the deck in favor of a good night’s sleep.
Limit Clutter—Nick knacks, extra clothing, toys, newspapers, magazines, and books can all add lots of surface area where dust and other particles can collect. Normal indoor activities can cause air currents to send asthma triggers airborne long enough to be inhaled and cause problems.
Choose Your Décor Wisely—-Particles that are typical triggers, including but not limited to dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, pet dander, and seasonal pollens are able to collect more easily on fabrics than on hard surfaces.
Covering your floors with wood, laminate, tile, stone and other similar surfaces makes them easier remove allergens, and gives them less crevices in which to hide. Selecting window treatments such as blinds, shutters, and shades allows particles to fall to the floor and be cleared away rather than collect and be blown about in your air.
Furnishing your home with these materials will substantially decrease the amount of possible triggers that will collect in your home.
Clean With Water—-Make sure that cleaning is done, as much as possible, with water. This minimizes the amount of particles that are sent airborne. It also insures that more of the particles are really removed rather than merely displaced.