This post was sponsored by Xyzal® Allergy 24HR but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Nothing puts a wrench in our spring beauty routine like puffy eyes and a red nose. Add in sleep deprivation and, well, you may as well put a makeup artist on speed dial.

And no, we’re not talking about effects of a brutal breakup. We’re talking allergies.

Turns out, allergies don’t just make us itchy and sneezy (aka MISERABLE!) during the day, they may also affect our sleep – and we all know the value of beauty rest!

In fact, a recent social experiment sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted by Russell Research used wearable devices to track the sleep and activities of 80 allergy sufferers and 80 non-sufferers. It found that allergy sufferers had a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep than people without allergies. Not surprisingly, the allergy sufferers also reported that they felt less rested and less physically active during the day than people without allergies. And (believe it or not!) the allergy sufferers also reported that their allergy symptoms were the top factor that negatively impacted their sleep—even more so than stress, discomfort, temperature, or work. The social experiment also found that overall, allergy sufferers were more lethargic and less active during the day than non-sufferers.

Needless to say: it’s time we wise up to the importance of managing our allergies, so we can sleep free from fear of our allergy symptoms and rise up to take on the day.

Now I have a new option thanks to the news that Xyzal® Allergy 24HR is now available over-the-counter (and at full prescription strength, no less!). Bottom line: you can rest assured (pun intended!) that your seasonal and year-round allergies are under control 24 hours a day.  For more information, visit Xyzal.com.

About the Social Experiment

This social experiment was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted by Russell Research. It used wearable devices to assess the sleep patterns and activities of 80 allergy sufferers and 80 non-sufferers for 30 consecutive days between October and December 2016. Participants also completed a daily survey to track perceptions of their allergy symptoms (for the 80 allergy sufferers), sleep patterns and activities, as a way to provide additional context for the wearable device data. For the purposes of the experiment, allergy sufferers are defined as those who suffer from moderate or severe indoor and outdoor allergies in the fall or year round, and who take allergy medication 2 days per week or less

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