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Ahhh-chooo! Might Be Time to Check Your Mattress!

November 13, 2018


Ahhh-choo! When last did you check your mattress?

Summertime is here and while most of us are ecstatic at the thought of longer days, balmy evenings and plenty of opportunity to enjoy all our our favourite outdoor pursuits, there are those unlucky individuals who spend the entire season sniffling and sneezing. Allergies. Uuuurgh. The itching, the stuffy nose, the constant need to lug around a hanky or tissues. It’s no fun at all! So, what’s the answer?

It turns out, one of the first things you should do when you try to address your allergies, is to have a good, long look at your mattress.

How Do I Know If My Mattress Is At Fault?

If you regularly experience one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a reaction to a mattress that is not anti-allergenic: difficult breathing, asthma, watery or itchy eyes, sinus issues, a sore throat, itchy skin, hives or rashes.

How Could My Mattress Cause Allergies?

Well, to be honest, it’s not your mattress as such - it’s the microscopic organisms that call it home. These include:

  1. Dust Mites. These guys love the skin flakes that you shed on your sleeping surface. Then, when they've digested it, they leave traces of their droppings, which is not great for skin, eye and airway irritation.
  2. Fungus. Microscopic mold is a thing - on average your pillow is likely to contain at least 16 different kinds. Most people won't even notice, but if you have a sensitive skin or upper respiratory system, you could feel the effects.
  3. Bateria. Bacteria is literally everywhere, even in and on our bodies! In fact, the biomass of bacteriaon the planet far outweighs that of the rest of the animal kingdom (homo sapiens included!). There is no need to fear it, but you have to check whether you aren't inviting a colony to take up residence in you mattress, because it can cause a variety of skin and airway irritations.

Sufficiently grossed out yet? Happily there is something you can do about it. Choose breathable, water-repellent bedding and mattresses that are easy to clean and can endure frequent washings/vacuumings. This way you can keep your sleeping surface as clean and critter-free as possible.

There you have it - a concise rundown on the importance of regularly checking your mattress if you battle with day-to-day allergies. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, we highly recommend that you take the opportunity to shop around for a unit that is tailor-made to your comfort requirements. Visit your nearest Bed King branch in store to try out the Comfort Solutions Lab®, an exciting new system that assesses your body’s unique pressure points and recommends the comfort-graded mattress best suited to your needs.


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