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anti-allergy bedding

What does anti-allergy mean?

Allergies affect 1 in 4 people in the UK, so if you're one of those individuals who suffer from sniffles and wheezing when you're trying to get to sleep, you might want to reconsider what you're getting into bed with.

Generally speaking, when we use the term 'anti-allergy' in the context of bedding we're referring to a products anti-dust mite qualities. If a pillow, duvet or bedding protector is described as having anti-allergy properties it will be resistant to those little pests that love to make their home in your bed.

This means the filling and/or the casing of the anti-allergy bedding has been given an anti-dust mite and anti-fungal treatment to deter dust mites from settling in your bed.

It isn't just dust mites that can trigger allergies. All sorts of microscopic allergens can settle in your bedroom and irritate your sinuses, disturbing your sleep and your health. To help remove those allergens that settle in the fibres of your bedding and kill any bacteria, allergy sufferers tend to favour synthetic fillings, which can be washed regularly at high temperatures.

Is anti-allergy and anti-dust mite bedding important?

However unpleasant it may sound, having dust mites take up residence in your bedding can cause health problems that interfere with your comfort and impair sleep. This is a problem that needs addressing if you're at risk, as the allergens that come with these critters can potentially trigger reactions like asthma, rhinitis and worsen eczema.

Dust mites love to live in bedding as the body heat and perspiration we produce during sleep creates the perfect cosy environment for these microscopic opportunists to thrive.

The tightly woven covers and casings used in anti-allergy bedding and mattress protectors form a barrier to stop dust mites from gaining access, while also limiting the opportunity for organic material to become deposited in the fibres of your bedding and mattress.

What's special about anti-allergy bedding?

The fillings of anti-allergy bedding items are usually composed of synthetic fibres which are largely considered to be better for allergies and asthma sufferers as they are able to withstand regular hot washes.

Allergy-friendly synthetic fibre duvets and pillows are easy to wash at home, and suitable for regular washes without losing shape or fullness. This helps to keep them free of the dust and allergens than cause or worsen allergy symptoms, as well as maintaining a fresh and inviting place to sleep. Natural fibre fillings are more delicate so cannot be washed at such high temperatures, though with anti-allergy duvet protectors and pillow protectors it's still possible to enjoy the luxurious feel of feather or down without suffering from sniffles, so don't be deterred from enjoying your beloved natural fillings.

Should I use anti-allergy bedding protectors?

Using zipped bedding protectors on your existing duvet, pillow and mattress encases them completely, non-porous linings form a barrier to dust mite intrusion. Anti-allergy quilt protectors, pillow and mattress protectors also make your bed seem like a less desirable destination for the mites by limiting the amount of skin cells and sweat that deposit themselves in the fluffy fibres of your bedding and the fabric of your mattress.

What else can I do to help my dust allergies?

In addition to washing your bedding and bed linen regularly at 60°C, using zipped anti-dust mite bedding protectors or investing in anti-allergy duvets and pillows, there are other things you can do to limit the impact allergens have on your sleep.

  • Limit the places dust mites can survive and thrive by steam cleaning soft furnishings like curtains and carpets.
  • Vacuum carpets frequently to remove dust and allergens.
  • Remove soft toys from the bed and wash them regularly.
  • Use a damp cloth when dusting to ensure you're picking up the dust rather than moving it around.
  • Keep clothes tucked away in a wardrobe or in drawers.
  • Instead of making your bed straight away in the mornings, pull back the covers and allow it to air. This will keep your bed fresh by allowing any moisture to escape.