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When you suffer from allergies, sleep can feel like a nightly chore. Left awake with headaches, itchy eyes and a runny nose, allergy sufferers can miss out on vital sleep needed to have you working at your optimal the next day.

But did you know that your bedroom can magnify some allergy problems?

According to Allergy UK research, as many as 12 million of us in the UK are allergic to something in our own homes. With an astonishing 59% reporting that allergy symptoms are worse in the bedroom, with medications only easing these symptoms for a brief time – not long enough for people to get a good quality sleep through the night.

Dunlopillo mattressThe biggest cause of allergies in the bedroom is down to dust mites, little microscopic creatures that love to live in our beds and carpets. Many of us are allergic to dust mite faeces, which can also cause intense itching on legs and arms as well as general cold-like symptoms. Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely rid ourselves of dust mites, buy you can alleviate the problem slightly by regularly hoovering around your bed and your mattress.

By far the best way to combat allergies in the bedroom, is by investing in a mattress that helps alleviate allergy symptoms. Now you may think that a ‘hypoallergenic’ mattress is the best way to go – as the name suggests it’s been treated to combat allergies. However, hypoallergenic is a term that isn’t regulated so any mattress can claim to be it, but it isn’t guaranteed to give you any relief. In fact, some budget companies will just treat their mattresses with cheap chemicals that actually cause allergic reactions themselves!

So what mattress types should you choose?

Well, generally speaking, you want to choose a mattress with a solid core such as latex or memory foam. Sprung mattresses are full of inner cavities that can trap skin cells – which dust mites live on – as well as providing a great space for mildew or mould to grow too.

A latex mattress is thought to be the best mattress for the majority of allergy sufferers as latex is a material that is naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, meaning allergy-causers find it difficult to grow or live in your mattress. You can also add to this protection by adding what is known as “barrier bedding” to you bed. These products can include anti-allergen pillows, pillow protectors and mattress protectors. These products limit the amount of moisture – as we sweat a lot in the night – absorbed by your mattress that can cause mould and mildew growth. These should all be washed, as well as your sheets, at a high temperature at least once a week to help kill off any dust mites and remove dead skin cells. You should also aim to replace your mattress every 8 years and your pillows every year.

Not all allergy problems are caused by your bed or mattress though, dust mites can just as easily live in the area around your bed, including carpets, rugs, and cushions. Cushions are also bad for your bed, as at night we tend to chuck them on the floor where they collect dust that is then transferred to our beds the next morning. To keep your bed area as free as possible from dust mites and dust, hoover the area often and consider replacing carpets for wooden floors and replacing rugs regularly. The area should also be dusted on a regular basis and kept free from clutter that attracts dust.

If you’re looking to invest in a high-quality latex mattress to help combat your allergies, be sure to browse our latex mattress range online, including options from the award-winning Dunlopillo. 

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