A complete guide to bedding for allergy sufferers
Around 44% of adults in the UK suffer from at least one allergy, according to AllergyUK.
For some, night time is when they can escape from their symptoms and have a peaceful night’s sleep.
For others, night time is when symptoms are at their worst.
But, why does our bedding trigger our allergies? And, how do we stop it?
In this guide we are going to cover exactly how bedding can trigger symptoms, the different types of bedding you can use and the best products on the market.
Why does bedding trigger my allergies?
Now, we are not trying to frighten you in this article, but when it comes to reasons for allergies at night, it is most likely to do with the 10 million dust mites that could be living in your bedding.
So, is it the bed bugs we’re allergic to?
It is actually the faeces that is left behind which contains proteins that can irritate your body and cause your symptoms.
That is probably enough faeces talk for now… but there is more information on Allersafe if you are interested.
How do I know if I’m having allergic reactions?
Symptoms can take many forms, but Allergy&Air tells us the most common:
- Blocked nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Coughing/ spluttering
- Red eyes that sting or water
- Itchy skin or rashes
- Raised temperature
However, symptoms are not limited to these and they can take many other forms.
If you are suspicious that you may be experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit your doctor and get a diagnosis.
There could be other factors causing these symptoms other than dust mites, which could be:
- Insect bites
If it is dust mites causing your symptoms, then keep reading to find out how to combat these unwelcomed guests.
How does anti-allergy bedding work?
There are a few ways that this type of bedding can work.
But firstly, it’s important to know the difference between the different terms.
- Non-allergenic – The material itself won’t trigger symptoms, but it allows dust mites to penetrate the fabric which may affect allergies.
- Hypoallergenic – This material works to decrease the chances of creating a reaction.
- Anti-allergy – Similar to hypoallergenic, this fabric will work to decrease symptoms.
So, how does anti-allergy bedding decrease symptoms?
Well, it will either contain an active ingredient to denature dust mites or the structure of the fabric won’t allow the insects to penetrate it.
What are the best anti-allergy pillows?
This type of bedding does not limit your options when it comes to pillows and there are many materials you can still enjoy.
A 100% Egyptian cotton pillow is a natural material that is hypoallergenic. It is also soft, breathable and incredibly comfortable.
If you want to enjoy the comfort and luxury of down without any side effects, our soft as down microfibre pillows are the right choice for you. The hollow spaces between goose or duck feathers can trap dust mites, making them not ideal for allergy sufferers.
However, our microfibre alternative is the perfect solution and does not compromise on comfort as it you will also benefit from its soft brushed peach casing.
Another option is this latex feel moulded foam pillow. It is naturally resistant to mould and dust mites, providing you with a relaxing, uninterrupted night’s sleep.
The best anti-allergy duvet products
When it comes to dust mites, microfibre is a great material due to the structure of the fabric.
The fibres are so tightly woven with minimal space between, so there is no way for dust mites to break their way in.
What is the best anti-allergy mattress protector?
A mattress protector is an essential part of your dust mite fighting kit. This anti-allergy mattress protector is the perfect accompaniment for your anti-allergy mattress.
The brushed microfibre fabric and quilted structure provides great comfort and protection for your mattress, whilst creating a barrier which dust mites can’t break through.
Anti-allergy bedding for kids
Anti-allergy bedding is obviously just as important for children as it is for adults.
Often, children can be uncomfortable in the night and not be able to sleep, but it is harder for them to communicate exactly why this is.
Allergic reactions can cause great discomfort, which can be confusing and upsetting for your children.
It is also difficult to know whether your child will suffer from these symptoms, so taking the precaution of purchasing this type of bedding takes away the guess work and ensures they will have a peaceful night’s sleep (well, as peaceful as they can be at bed time).
If they have grown out of using a cot, then any of our anti-allergy duvet options can be used.
If you’d like to find out what tog and size duvet is best for your child, you can find more information on our how to decorate your child’s room blog post.