Spring is a beautiful time of year, but it also means seasonal allergies for thousands of people. While pollen and pet dander can trigger congestion and watery eyes, your bedding might also be the culprit. Did you know that dust mites are one of the biggest triggers of asthma and allergens in the home? While these tiny creatures may be undetectable to the naked eye, they can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, causing wheezing, red eyes, itchiness and other asthma-like symptoms.
If you think you have an allergy to dust mites, or have allergy sensitivities that are worse at night and impact your sleep, it may be time to have a good hard look at your bed. Here at Mattress World Northwest, we understand the importance of a good night’s rest – especially for people who suffer from allergies and sensitive skin. Symptoms can range from stuffy ears and headaches to constant sneezing. Besides dust mites, many people have allergic reactions to mold and mildew which can grow in the cotton and foam stuffing of old mattresses.
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America cautions that dust mite feces are one of the most common triggers of year-round allergies. It’s not the actual insect you’re allergic to, but rather their waste products that can accumulate in the nooks and crannies of coil mattresses. Research suggests that children who suffer from dust mite allergies may be at greater risk for developing asthma later in life.
Another possible culprit is your mattress material. Though rare, some people are hyper-sensitive to synthetic latex and can develop contact dermatitis with direct skin exposure. Latex may also exacerbate asthma symptoms in some people. Latex allergies can manifest in a number of ways, including hives, rashes, itching, and watery eyes.
It’s important to keep in mind that all mattresses have a limited life span, and after 8-10 years, your bed may need to be replaced. The good news is that today’s mattress manufacturers use high quality foams and materials that inhibit the growth of fungus, bacteria, mold and other allergens. Many allergy sufferers find relief either with latex mattresses or those made with memory foam. There are no pockets or inner cavities for dust mites to incubate, and both materials provide excellent orthopedic support.
Of course, it’s also wise to see an allergist first, who can determine exactly what your triggers are and devise a treatment plan.
If you love the idea of a hypoallergenic bed and added protection from dust mites, but aren’t quite ready to splurge on a new mattress, there are dozens of anti-allergen mattress protectors and pillow protectors designed to promote hygiene while allowing for undisturbed sleep. They are offered in a range of styles, whether you’re looking for a heavy gauge water-proof encasement, or a lighter protector that can be thrown in the wash.
In sum, there is no one best mattress for people with allergies. When shopping for an allergen-free bed you need to ask a lot of questions about the mattress construction, be aware of your own allergy triggers, and test-drive various models.
Need more information about allergen free mattresses and bedding? Stop by Mattress World Northwest, with 12 convenient Oregon showrooms, and our Sleep Specialists will be glad to help out! Our stores carry a full line up organic mattresses, pure Talalay latex mattresses and memory foam beds crafted by OMI Naturals, Sealy, Aireloom and Simmons.