Sleep-related allergies are extremely common in the U.K. Many of us suffer from allergies without realising. The signs are fairly easy to spot but can go unnoticed if you don't know what they are. So, what is a Hypoallergenic Mattress and how do I know if it's best for me?
Signs of allergies
The most common allergies that disrupt sleep are Dust Mites, Mould, Pet Dander & Pollen, as stated by the National Bed Federation. These allergens are particularly common in the bedroom which is why they can have an effect on sleep. Dust mites live anywhere that has dust and can be almost impossible to avoid, as noted by the National Bed Federation. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce contact with them. If you find yourself waking up feeling tired, sore eyes, congested nose, or facial pressure/pain. You could be suffering from a sleep-related allergy.
Of course, an allergy will be present at all times of the day. But allergies worsen whilst we're sleeping. This is because we tend to breathe heavier, meaning more allergens get into the lungs. A build-up of allergens in the lungs leads to irritation and brings on the other symptoms of an allergy.
What are the benefits of a Hypoallergenic mattress?
Hypoallergenic mattresses fight against dust mites, which is the leading cause of sleep-related allergies. They prevent the mites from penetrating the mattress and infesting your sleep environment.
They're also a great way of fighting off bacteria. Hypoallergenic mattress covers are treated with anti-bacterial technology. This can help prevent a build-up of unwanted bacteria that will likely, over time, worsen allergies.
Hypoallergenic mattresses are a leading choice for those suffering from Asthma. Since the cover is more hygienic, it's less likely than a regular mattress to build up with dust, bacteria and other lung irritants.
Hypoallergenic bedding is also a great choice when suffering from allergies. Protecting your bedding with hypoallergenic covers will not only keep your bedding cleaner. It will prevent the build-up of allergens within the bedding itself. When suffering from allergies, it's always recommended to have a hypoallergenic pillow protector. It will stop skin cells, dust mites and bacteria building up within the pillow.
Another tip for reducing allergy symptoms is to replace your bedding every 2 years and mattress every 8 years. This is the recommended limit from The Sleep Council to avoid an unhygienic sleep environment.