Does it seem as if you are always sniffling, coughing, or rubbing at your itchy eyes and nose? There could be a reason for that, and one of the solutions might be as simple as buying anti-allergy bedding.
We’ll tell you how your bedding might be affecting your physical health. And we’ll inform you of changes you can implement into your sleep environment to ensure you stay in tip-top shape and get a good night’s sleep.
How Your Bed May Be Making You Sick
There are all kinds of things lurking in your bed that you’ve never imagined were there. Even if you think you’re sleeping alone each night, you aren’t. You likely have hundreds of thousands of dust mites sharing your sleeping space with you.
That thought might have you ready to torch your old, comfy mattress, but the news is about to get worse. All those dust mites are relieving themselves in your bed, too. And that’s where the problem comes in. Some people are allergic to the proteins in dust mite droppings.
The more dust mite droppings on your mattress, the worse the symptoms might be for allergy sufferers or those who have allergic rhinitis or eczema.
There are also all kinds of other issues with your bed that might be contributing to less than ideal health. Mould and fungi can set up camp on your bed and pillows. Even all your germs -- the ones that reside on your skin or in your body that are expelled when you cough or sneeze in bed -- are just waiting there on your mattress and pillows.
And if you have a pet that you allow to sleep on your bed, their dander might be triggering allergy symptoms. All these dust mites and other allergens can mean bad news for your health and overall well-being. Those allergy symptoms might also be causing poor sleep, further impacting your health and immune system.
The Items In Your Bedroom to Clean
Keeping your bedding clean, including any support pillows that aren’t used every night, is your best defence against dust mite allergies and the other potential health risks in your room. It’s best to put clean bed linen on your bed and pillowcases every week.
In addition to your bedding, you may also want to consider vacuuming your mattress every week while you’re washing your sheets.
But your bed isn’t the only item in your bedroom you should be concerned about. Ideally, you’ll remember to dust off your blinds or shades periodically, too. When you pull them up and down, you can be releasing dust into the air. You won’t get great quality sleep if you have a dusty bedroom, particularly if you have an allergy to it.
How Can You Prevent Sick Bed Syndrome?
By regularly cleaning your bedroom, you can eliminate some of the issues affecting your health. But there are other things you can do as well. You can:
Buy anti-allergy bedding: Some bedding materials are better than others at dust mite resistance or repelling allergens. Look for natural bedding rather than synthetic. And turn to fabrics that are anti-allergy, such as silk, linen, cotton, and eucalyptus bed sheets.
Adjust your sleeping position: Stomach sleepers have their faces jammed right into their pillows. That can be a bad plan when there are allergens in your pillow. Side sleepers or back sleepers don’t have their noses right in their pillows, which may result in fewer symptoms.
Get a hypoallergenic pillow: All night long your face is close to your pillow. Make it a good pillow that protects your health by looking for one that’s hypoallergenic.
Avoid feathers: Feather pillows and bedding can cause lung inflammation that can lead to breathlessness. Look for feather-free bedding. You won’t be sacrificing comfort -- there are plenty of great products to choose from. If you have feather bedding and are experiencing problems, you may want to seek medical advice to get to the bottom of the issue.
Clean frequently: Staying on top of your cleaning schedule can alleviate a lot of your issues. Change your bedding, put a machine-washable pillowcase on your pillow, sweep or dust your floors, and keep your blinds and shades clean as well.
Consider a memory foam pillow: Memory foam is good at keeping away some of the irritants from you. It is an antimicrobial filling, which means bacteria won’t be able to grow well on it. Because the smell of memory foam pillows can be irritating to some people, after purchasing them, it’s a good idea to let them air out for several nights before using them.
- Keep your pets out of your bedrooms: Dogs and cats are members of your family -- we get it. But inviting your dog or cat into your bedroom is asking for allergy trouble. Their pet dander can get all over the place. Think about how much of it is tossed about every time your dog stands up and gives himself a good shake. If you must have your pet in your bedroom, at least keep them off your bed by setting up a pet bed for them on the floor.
Mela Offers Some Great Products
If you’re looking for some anti-allergen bedding solutions, consider shopping Mela. We have a wide range of products designed to help you sleep better at night.
Our eucalyptus silk sheet set is soft, cooling, and hypoallergenic. It will feel like you’re at a luxurious hotel when you crawl into bed each night.
Another great product to check out is our dual pillow. It’s a pillow-in-a-pillow design that is machine washable. You’ll be able to keep the allergens off this pillow by popping it in your washing machine.
Our air duvet is made from eucalyptus and is also hypoallergenic. The fabric will help keep you cool, and its breathability will have you saying goodbye to annoying night sweats.
Your sleep quality matters as much as your sleep quantity. By taking steps to ensure your bedroom isn’t making you sick, you’ll rest better and feel better. Your bedroom can become your oasis instead of being an allergy-inflaming nightmare.