Have you heard of Insneezia? No? Well, neither had I until a couple of weeks ago when I received an email with lots of information about it from Boots UK.
At first, I thought it sounded gimmicky, however the stats that they provided about the loss of sleep due to hayfever symptoms and the knock-on effects of this really caught my eye.
Isn’t that interesting? It actually inspired me enough to try my hand at making my very first infographic – pretty cool, huh?
But what really caught my eye was the knock-on effects that a bad night’s sleep can cause. TJ and I both find that we become immensely tired during the summer months, and we’ve never really understood why.
Neither of us have what we’d typically consider hayfever symptoms (itchy eyes and a runny nose) but we do both clearly suffer from it. We get sore throats, headaches, painful sinuses, and sometimes just feel like we have a cold the entire length of the summer – it must be hayfever, right?
So it’s no wonder we struggle to get a good night’s sleep and feel extra tired (and crabby) the following day! Insneezia may have sounded like a gimmicky name when I first saw it, but I can totally relate to all the symptoms.
Which is why we were super excited to try Boots’ new Nasal Barrier Spray, to see if it might give us a bit of a break from such irritating symptoms. Antihistamines alone didn’t seem to be cutting it, so why not give it a try?
I was a little bit concerned, before it arrived, as to whether I’d be able to use it. I’ve suffered badly from rebound congestion in the past and didn’t want this new barrier spray to set this off. I needn’t have worried, however, as the Nasal Barrier Spray is actually a very gentle powder, which simply creates a barrier against pollen (and other airbourne allergens).
It is made of a mixture of cellulose and peppermint, which is a very pleasant scent to spray up your nose! It feels so refreshing and it’s really quite amusing when you happen to sneeze half an hour later and get yet another whiff of peppermint!
That’s not to say that the spray itself makes you sneeze, it’s actually really easy and gentle to use. You simply clear your nose, and then apply one spray to each nostril. It is advised that you do this at least 3 times daily, to maintain the best possible protection, however you can use it as often as needed.
The spray is suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children over the age of 18 months, so it really is a great addition to your family’s medicine cabinet. Little Man is 3 and a half, and he has had no problem using the spray and even finds it all rather amusing.
We’ve been using the spray as a family for just over a week now, and I have to say it has been really quite effective. It took a few days for us to notice the difference, and it’s been hard to compare how our night-time sleep has been affected (more due to Little Man having a nightmare or two last week than hayfever related issues) but I have definitely noticed a distinct difference in how my head and sinuses feel.
I’d say, though, that the biggest change I noticed was when I forgot to take my antihistamine and the spray whilst working this weekend. Within a couple of days I have begun to suffer from a terrible headache, snotty nose, and disturbed sleep, so I shall certainly be getting back on track with them both this week.
If you’d like to try the Nasal Barrier Spray for yourself, you can do by shopping online or heading into your local Boots store. It is currently retailing at £8.99 per 800mg, which is roughly 200 sprays according to the website. Even better, it is currently part of a “buy one, get one half price” offer on selected hayfever and allergy relief, so you could stock up while that lasts.
Disclaimer: I was provided a free sample of the Nasal Barrier Spray, along with details about Insneezia, in return for this review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.