I was invited by Boots to attend a super cool event for a new campaign to help raise awareness of ‘Insneezia’ – their name for the insomnia-esque effects caused by hayfever symptoms at night. The event was held in the beautiful St Christopher’s Place in Central London, just off Oxford Street. They threw a fantastic #PetalParty where over 3 million petals made from colourful tissue paper were dropped over one hour.
It was great to meet the lovely Nicky from Not Just the 3 of Us for the first time who was my partner in crime for that night. We met outside of Bond Street station and then headed over to St Christopher’s Place. It was nice because it felt as if we had known each other for a long time already which was really nice. It was like a blind blogging date for us, LOL. Anyway, I couldn’t have asked for better company! 🙂
As soon as we arrived to the #PetalParty we saw Lauren Pope, a TOWIE celebrity who was invited to DJ for the party. She was great and the music was awesome as it really transformed the place into a proper party. When the petals started showering down all over of us we were all so delighted and super excited. It looked really beautiful.
Nicky was so kind as she took lots of photos of me with the petals. They were all so pretty that I couldn’t just choose a couple so I decided to share a selection of the best ones from that day. I hope that I’m not boring you with too many photos of me, LOL! Thank you so much Nicky for these amazing photos, you are a STAR! 🙂
When the petals had finished falling, the floor looked gorgeous with millions of multicoloured petals. It was like a sea full of petals. With that beautiful setting it was definitely an Instagram moment.
I had never suffered from hayfever until I moved to the UK. Now I know how uncomfortable it can be to have the typical itchy and running nose symptoms along with with irritable eyes. I’m very unlucky as I seem to suffer from hayfever on and off for most of year whilst Nick on the other hand only suffers once a year during June when it is really quite awful!
Sleeping is definitely the most uncomfortable part when suffering from hayfever. Boots aim to raise awareness of how sufferers can tackle their night-time hayfever symptoms, so they can get a better night’s sleep. Boots pharmacist Tom Kallis says that “Many hayfever sufferers lose sleep during spring and summer, when pollen falls as the evening temperature decreases. However, there is no reason why people need to let their hayfever have such an impact. If hayfever does affect you at night time – you just need to remember to take action and treat symptoms in the evening, before you go to bed.”
Also, research by Boots found that 64 per cent of people with hayfever say their sleep is disturbed by symptoms, while Dr Peter Burt, aerobiologist at the University of Greenwich, explained: “Towards the end of the day, the temperature drops causing the pollen that has risen in the atmosphere during the day, to fall back to the ground. This explains why hayfever sufferers may experience a worsening of symptoms at night which can impact how they feel the next day.”
For anyone suffering symptoms, Boots Pharmacist Tom Kallis offered a few tips on how to reduce night-time hayfever pains:
1. Keep the windows shut at night and first thing in the morning. Feeling hot? Pop your pillow case in the freezer before bedtime for a temporary cooling effect
2. Wear sunglasses after sun down. Not because you’re a wannabe celeb but to help protect your eyes from pollen
3. Hang laundry inside – even when the sun is shining – because you don’t want pollen-infused bedding
4. Shower before you go to bed to help wash any stray pollen from your hair and skin which could aggravate your symptoms overnight
5. Teeth cleaned, face washed and moisturised? Don’t forget a final smear of petroleum jelly under your nose which may help trap pollen
If you’re suffering from the impact of ‘insneezia’ the next day – such as irritability caused by lack of sleep, Tom offers a few more tips:
1. Shower again! Showering in the morning helps to stimulate the circulatory system and ‘shock’ your body into a more awake state if you’ve lost out on shut-eye overnight
2. Think twice before reaching for a coffee or chocolate based pick-me-up – both contain high levels of vasoactive amines, like histamine which can cause some sensitive individuals to suffer ‘allergy-like’ symptoms
3. Lose the booze – Alcoholic drinks, such as wine and beer and cider can make it hard to sleep well anyway and these also contain histamine and other vasoactive amines.
4. Chill two teaspoons in the fridge overnight then cup them over your eyes for 5 minutes to help combat any puffiness caused by lack of sleep
5. Stay hydrated – to help replace lost fluids and help you feel more energised
I would like to say Thank You so much to Boots for inviting to such an amazing event. It was absolutely beautiful. I had a great time and I was even more happier to be able to help them with this campaign.
What did you think of this campaign? Did you like the #PetalParty? Did you find the tips useful? Do you have some tips to tackle hayfever? Please leave me a comment below as I would love to read what you think about it.
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this event in exchange of a blog post. However all the thoughts are mine.
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Mummy here and there says
That petal party looks so fun and really pretty too. X #kcacols
laura dove says
What fabulous photos!! I suffer with not only hay fever, but severe allergies. I just saw an allergy specialist this month who has started me on a host of different medications with a view for surgical desensitisation if there is no improvement in four months. This time of year is really awful, and I find rainy days my hay fever is ten times worse! Great way of raising awareness, lovely pics. #KCACOLS
Rachel Bustin says
I love all the petals – really pretty! A great list you have there. Its funny as my dad is 87 and its the first time he has ever had hayfever in his life this year! xx
Bridie By The Sea says
Looks like such a lovely event – look at those beautiful petals!! I have suffered from hayfever since I was a teenager but thankfully don’t suffer at night…that would be quite hard to bear. Great that they are raising awareness for it as I hadn’t heard of it. Thank you for hosting #KCACOLS great to be here again! xxx #KCACOLS
I like the word inseezia. I suffer randomly throughout the year, sometimes really badly. I never considered drying laundry inside when it’s bad.
Looks like a great party. My daughter and I both suffer from seasonal allergies. We are both usually worse in the morning than at night, but these are some great tips #KCACOLS
Allyson Greene says
This year has been terrible for my allergies! It seems every day I am waking up with my eyes swollen and feeling terrible. I will definitely take these tips and use them in hopes of no more itchy eyes and terrible nights! PS what a fabulous event to attend! #KCACOLS
Jade Lloyd says
These are beautiful pictures! I am glad they were pretend flowers. I am enjoying the delights of hayfever at the moment, itchy eyes and heavy feeling in my face, yum. I find it funny as I was brought up on a farm and had no problems until I moved to the South. I have been trying the wives tale of eat honey from the local area but will definitely be trying your tips! #KCACOLS
Maria @ Suburban Mum says
This looks like so much fun Franca! We are lucky and don’t seem to suffer much with allergies in our house. x
Someone's Mum says
Hayfever can be so awful. I know a few people who get it very badly and it really affects their quality of life. This event looks amazing – all the pics of you in the petals are gorgeous. And the post has some great tips 🙂 #KCACOLS
Alice Nipper and Tyke says
Oh wow that looks like fun! Did you know the petals were going to fall or was it a surprise?
Some useful tips for hay fever sufferers too, thank you!
Yes I knew about it. They told us before hand. It was amazing! Thanks for commenting Alice, x
Lucy at occupation: (m)other says
This looks fab – the petals are amazing! Gorgeous pics. My husband suffers with hay fever terribly – it’s one of those things that has such a huge impact, I’m not sure people always realise (particularly if you work outside, which he does – oops!). Like the description of a blogging blind date…glad it was a good event and useful tips too. #KCACOLS
Fab photo’s lovely! And it looks like an amazing event and campaign to be involved in. Luckily, none of us (so far) seem to get hayfever but James used to suffer really bad a few years ago, so I know how frustrating it can be for someone! #KCACOLS xx
tracey bowden says
It looks like a beautiful event! I’m lucky I have never experienced hayfever before but my sister does a lot of this for my niece who does #kcacols
sarah - Ups and downs, smiles and Frowns says
Argh! Don’t even get me started on hayfever, mine has drove me nuts the last few weeks! And yes, I agree with boots research, my sleep is CERTAINLY disturbed because of hayfever symptoms. I’m gonna try the petorlium jelly under my noise! I already keep the windows shut etc. 🙂 Really helpful post, thank you for sharing #KCACOL
Mummy and the mexicans says
Looks like a great event, I love the petal photos! I don’t suffer from hay fever but my dad does and the tips you’ve given all sound really useful. #KCACOLS