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Putting Allergies to Bed by Changing Your PillowApril 14, 2015
When it comes to allergies, most people immediately think of pollen and pets as the prime cause, but if you are constantly waking up each morning with itchy eyes and a leaky nose then the cause of your allergies might be far close to home: your pillow.
Conventional belief is that if you suffer for allergies then you should avoid feather pillows and instead opt for synthetic ones, but in reality the truth is that no matter what your pillow is made out of, there is still a possibility of it becoming home to dust mites, the real cause of night-allergies.
While you sleep you perspire, losing up to a litre of water a night into your bedding. Most of this moisture evaporates harmlessly into the air, but is your bedding isn’t breathable, there is an increased chance that this moisture will end up making bed mites happy – especially on your pillow! The scary reality is that that pillows can be a natural breeding ground for mites due thanks to a plentiful supply of moisture, skin cells and even hair oils being spread onto your pillow each night while you are asleep. Poor quality pillows that are two years old can in fact weight almost double what they did when you bought them because of the build-up of skin cells, mites and mite related droppings.
These mites are not exactly harmless – studies have shown that not only do they increase your chances of allergies, but that they also can increase the risk of asthma is children dramatically.
So how do you prevent these little buggers from infesting your bed? Simply put, you can’t. Mites are everywhere and on everything in your home. But you can prevent them from building up in your bedding easily and this will make a massive difference to your nighttime sleep!
There is nothing quite like a fresh start, so the first step to a healthier sleep is to get rid of the old bedding. Your new replacement bedding should be breathable, to prevent the build-up of moisture, and hypoallergenic, to prevent mites from settling. The best breathable materials are natural ones such as cotton or linen, while the best anti-mite materials are synthetic fibres such as latex. Take a look at a Simmons Tranquillity Pillow as a pillow with a Hotel Pillow Case.
For added protection to your pillow, you should also consider a pillow protector. These are no longer just for hotels, the additional layer of protection over your pillow not only adds comfort to your pillow, but it also makes them much easy to clean.
The next step to keeping your pillows healthy and happy is to ensure that they are cleaned frequently. The pillow cover and protectors should be washed in hot water at least every two weeks and don’t forget to have the duvet inner washed frequently as well.
Keeping your pillow allergy friendly can be super easy. All you need to do is to ensure that you have a good quality hypoallergenic pillow with a pillow protector inside a natural cotton cover. Keep them clean through frequent washing and say hello to a good night’s sleep! Our top pick for a good night’s allergy free sleep? Simmons Tranquillity Pillow in a Protect A Bed Pillow Protector with a Hotel Pillow Case cover.
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