Are there beds that can help allergies? Many thousands of people, young and old, suffer from allergies that can be caused by the dust and other allergens in and around our beds. If you're buying a new bed, take precautions now to stop house dust mites from congregating in your mattress. The common dust mite lives in your mattress and feeds on the skin cells you shed and the moisture you use in bed. Aside from exacerbating existing allergies, the dust mite, its droppings and mould can cause: ? Congestion ? Coughing ? Tight, asthmatic chests ? Watery eyes ? Headaches ? Runny nose ? Disturbed sleep It's important then, that you look at ways to reduce the presence of dust mites and other microscopic bugs and bacteria by looking after your bed: Follow the care instructions Beds and mattresses come with care instructions. From the way you clean your bed to turning your mattress regularly; ongoing care can help to reduce the number of allergens in your bedrooms. Buy and underblanket You can buy anti-allergy underblankets for most sizes of beds. These blankets contain a special fibre that helps to prevent your mattress providing the conditions that dust mites thrive on. Putting one of these blankets between your mattress and your sheet will reduce the likelihood of dust mites getting to you. Clean bedding regularly It's not just bedding that needs regular cleaning and changing. Carpets and curtains can also be sources of dust mite allergens, because they are airborne and so will cling to any soft material, including your pillow. Washing your bedding on a regular basis, vacuuming and cleaning curtains will all help to keep dust mites at bay. Fresh air Dust mites thrive on warm, damp conditions, which is why the allergies related to our beds are worse in the winter. The combination of central heating and limited fresh air creates exactly the environment you don't want. Instead of making your bed straight away, leave it to air in the morning and try to get some fresh air into your house during the winter months. Whilst you can't buy "anti-allergy" beds, there are ways you can look after your bed, your mattress and your bedding to reduce the risk of dust mites in your home. Bed Next Day sells a range of traditional single, double, king and superking beds, most of which are available with next day delivery. Brands include Silentnight, the Original Bedstead Company, Sprung Land and Sealy. Take a look at the beds available on our website, www.mattressnextday.co.uk and order online today, or call 0844 3911 222 if you have any questions.