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Old 02-01-2013, 08:48 AM
 
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I haven't been able to function normally for the past one month. I tried Allegra- It doesn't work for me. Zyrtec does but I am sleepy all day. In either case (with or without medication), I barely sleep a couple of hours each night.

This is my second year with allergies and I would appreciate tips from seasoned Austin allergy sufferers. What do you all do to battle the insomnia?
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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I take a sleep aid as needed. Most of the time I require anti-congestion medication at night and a nasal strip because of my allergies so I get the nighttime version as regular decongestants keep you up (speed). There's always Ambian but I haven't needed it yet.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Important to keep the humidity level up, especially when you manage a deep sleep. Not the easiest thing to do; but you really don't want your throat and nasal passages to get super dry overnight.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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@idlewile and @ 10scoachrick Thanks! So a humidifier then? Will also try anti-congestion medicine.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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@idlewile and @ 10scoachrick Thanks! So a humidifier then? Will also try anti-congestion medicine.
On our driest days, a humidifier would be helpful. Need to follow their instructions on cleaning, etc to make sure little gremlins aren't growing in the warm, moist environs. A forced air furnace also dries the air considerably, so our coldest days when the furnace is running could be tough.

Another thing I've found for me, YMMV and all that, is avoiding brushing your teeth just before bed. Even all natural toothpastes will dry the heck out of your throat/sinuses. Brush your teeth a couple of hours earlier so things can re-group or just use a natural mouthwash to brush your teeth. I have found Tom's and similar toothpastes to be somewhat less drying but they still strip your throat and allow it to dry out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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On our driest days, a humidifier would be helpful. Need to follow their instructions on cleaning, etc to make sure little gremlins aren't growing in the warm, moist environs. A forced air furnace also dries the air considerably, so our coldest days when the furnace is running could be tough.

Another thing I've found for me, YMMV and all that, is avoiding brushing your teeth just before bed. Even all natural toothpastes will dry the heck out of your throat/sinuses. Brush your teeth a couple of hours earlier so things can re-group or just use a natural mouthwash to brush your teeth. I have found Tom's and similar toothpastes to be somewhat less drying but they still strip your throat and allow it to dry out.
There is something to the no brushing right before bed and I felt the difference last night. Thanks.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:00 PM
 
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I haven't been able to function normally for the past one month. I tried Allegra- It doesn't work for me. Zyrtec does but I am sleepy all day. In either case (with or without medication), I barely sleep a couple of hours each night.

This is my second year with allergies and I would appreciate tips from seasoned Austin allergy sufferers. What do you all do to battle the insomnia?
I'd rather be sleepy than have cedar allergies. I used to be knocked down for three weeks every Jan/Feb. Started taking Zyrtec in December as recommend by allergists and haven't stopped. I'll stop taking it in mid March. I am tired, falling asleep right now but I am symptom free!
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I take a sleep aid as needed. Most of the time I require anti-congestion medication at night and a nasal strip because of my allergies so I get the nighttime version as regular decongestants keep you up (speed). There's always Ambian but I haven't needed it yet.
Yes, many decongestants can make a person hyper, making sleep difficult. Avoid taking them soon before bedtime. You can use a saline (salt water) rinse, such as used with a neti-pot as a decongenstant before bedtime. It will give you a runny nose for a few minutes while it shrinks the sinus membranes by drawing the moisture out of them. That will relieve your congestion aid your breathing.

Most antihistamines will make you drowsey. In fact most sleeping medications are antihistamines. Antihistamines are used to dry up your nasal drainage, runny nose. Taking one at bed time will help most people sleep. I have been using Walgreens Wal-Dryl antihistamine lately, it contains Diphenhybramine HCI which is also sold as a sleep medication.

Walgreens sells an inexpensive neti-pot. Here are the instructions for making your own saline solution for use in it.

Central Texas Allergy & Asthma Center - Allergist, Austin, Texas - Patient Education

Hypertonic Saline Nasal Irrigation Recipe
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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On our driest days, a humidifier would be helpful. Need to follow their instructions on cleaning, etc to make sure little gremlins aren't growing in the warm, moist environs. A forced air furnace also dries the air considerably, so our coldest days when the furnace is running could be tough.

Another thing I've found for me, YMMV and all that, is avoiding brushing your teeth just before bed. Even all natural toothpastes will dry the heck out of your throat/sinuses. Brush your teeth a couple of hours earlier so things can re-group or just use a natural mouthwash to brush your teeth. I have found Tom's and similar toothpastes to be somewhat less drying but they still strip your throat and allow it to dry out.
If you are allergic to mold, a humidifier can make things worse as it creates a better environment for mold in your house. My allergy doctor recommended I remove the portable humidifier from my house. If your nasal passages are overly dry, use a neti-pot with the 1% solution described in the link included with the post above to rinse and moisten the nasal passages.
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