If you are one of the 50 million Americans who experience allergies, you probably know all about the uncomfortable symptoms that often come with allergy season, like itching and watering eyes, sneezing, and a running nose. But did you know that allergies can also make you feel tired as well?
There are a few reasons why allergies may be making you tired. Allergens trigger an immune response that is meant to protect you from foreign invaders, like pollen and dust mites. This produces a chemical called histamine which is known to cause symptoms such as itchiness, swelling and even fatigue.
Allergy symptoms such as congestion, coughing, sneezing, and general feelings of discomfort can also make it difficult to relax and fall asleep or disrupt your ability to stay asleep, contributing to feelings of fatigue during the day. Finally, taking allergy medications to combat or prevent allergy symptoms may also lead to drowsiness during the day, as well.
Allergies can impact your quality of life, so getting to the source of your symptoms and learning how to manage allergy fatigue is important — especially during allergy season. If you’re suffering from allergy fatigue, check out the infographic below on ways to beat brain fog, stay alert during the day and reduce your allergy symptoms at night.