As we move towards a change in season many people look forward to the approaching warmer months; but, for allergy sufferers, the change in season is often associated with utter discomfort. This discomfort frequently leads to irritation and a longing for a night of peaceful sleep – be it a much-needed break from your symptoms.
In reality, allergies often seem to worsen at night; yet most fail to notice the coincidence between their symptoms and their sleeping environment. Those who have made the connection are often left searching for the best mattress for allergies.
How Can a Mattress Cause Allergies?
Pollen levels start to rise with the arrival of Spring. When your body mistakenly identifies pollen as a dangerous substance, your immune system produces chemicals like histamine to fight against the threat of foreign particles. This causes itching, sneezing, and heightened sensitivity to your environment.
Although pollen levels are lower in the evening, during allergy season you are more sensitive to indoor triggers like dust mites which are often abundant in your bedroom.
Your bedroom is the perfect environment for dust mites because your mattress provides warmth, humidity, and an abundant food source (dead skin cells).
You may experience the worst allergic reactions during Spring when you are exposed to a combination of allergens both inside and outside your home (health.com, 2022). It’s an overload on your system, but the good news is that you can reduce your exposure to irritants simply by investing in the right mattress.
How to Tell if You Are Allergic to Your Mattress?
It’s no coincidence that people who experience indoor allergies have the most severe symptoms after spending time in their bedrooms (NHS, n.d.). Furthermore, studies by the NHS reveal that the most common cause of bedroom allergies is exposure to dust mites.
Mattress Allergy Symptoms
If you frequently wake up with the following symptoms, you may be allergic to dust mites (and possibly even the materials) in your mattress:
- A chronic dry throat
- Persistent cough or sore throat
- Itchy nose, throat, and eyes
- Sinus congestion
- Swelling to the face/lips/eyes
The most common bedroom allergy triggers are dust mites, pet dander, mould and pollen.
Two of these allergens are relatively easy to control:
- Reduce your exposure to pet dander by keeping your furry friends out of your bedroom.
- Keep your windows closed during spring when pollen levels are highest. If necessary, use a fan for air circulation.
Why Your Bedroom Is the Perfect Environment for Allergens
Dust mites require humidity to survive. Because they are unable to drink water, they survive by absorbing moisture from their micro-climate (your bed).
Foam mattresses are the perfect environment for dust mites. Foam is notorious for trapping heat and moisture released by your body while you sleep. In fact, the only way you can keep dust mites out of a foam mattress is to wrap it entirely in plastic!
By combining heat and moisture, you also create an ideal climate for the spread of microbes, such as mould, fungi, and bacteria.
To limit your exposure to allergens and dust mites, you need to reduce the humidity of your bed (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 2017). Unfortunately, this is extremely difficult (if not impossible) to control if your mattress contains foam. The solution is to find a mattress that regulates your temperature and wicks moisture away while you sleep.
Mattress Buying Advice for Allergy Sufferers
Mattress manufacturers are aware of the frustration experienced by allergy sufferers. They play on the emotions of unsuspecting customers by falsely claiming that their beds are hypoallergenic. Unfortunately, hypoallergenic is an overused and underregulated term in the mattress industry.
Manufacturers claim that their beds are hypoallergenic, but the truth is that they only make use of small amounts of anti-allergen materials. At most, these materials may create a barrier for a very short amount of time. This is not a viable solution because there are still plenty of spaces where dust mites can multiply and thrive. In no time you will be suffering from your allergies all over again.
When you decide to buy a mattress for its hypoallergenic properties, you need to ensure that the entire mattress is made of hypoallergenic materials. Having only a few layers of anti-allergen materials will not stop the spread of allergens.
Our advice is to ask the retailer for proof that their mattress is made of entirely hypoallergenic materials. Please bear in mind that a mattress that contains foam is not hypoallergenic. Dust mites love foam! In fact, foam is dangerous to your health! To find out more about the health implications related to foam refer to our post: Is your mattress harming you? Is memory foam toxic?
You may soon discover that completely hypoallergenic mattresses are extremely difficult to find; and at some point, you may be wondering where you can find a mattress that is made entirely out of hypoallergenic materials in South Africa.
The best mattress for allergies is made from organic latex and pure wool. Bear in mind that not all latex is organic and the different manufacturing processes affect the quality of your mattress (for more information refer to our post: Organic Latex Versus Natural Latex).
How Do Organic Latex Mattresses Prevent Allergies?
You may be wondering how an organic latex mattress can prevent allergies.
Naturelle’s organic latex mattresses are naturally breathable and do not retain water.
In fact, our mattresses help regulate your temperature while you sleep – thanks to our unique combination of organic latex and pure wool.
How do you benefit?
- Dust mites are unable to survive in these conditions.
- Naturelle’s organic mattresses are anti-microbial – a repellent to micro-organisms like mould, bacteria, and fungi.
- You will sleep better and feel better by reducing your exposure to allergens.
- Thermoregulation improves your sleep by ensuring you don’t get too hot or cold.
Organic latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree and does not contain any harmful petrochemicals. Studies illustrate that organic latex is naturally hypoallergenic because its open cellular structure prevents the accumulation of heat, moisture, and humidity. These properties deter dust mites, mould and other allergens.
The Best Mattress for Allergies in South Africa
Manufacturers that create mattresses with anti-allergen materials recommend you replace your mattress every 7 years. This is due to the accumulation of dust mites, mould, and bacteria which affect your health (Homes & Gardens, 2022).
We manufacture mattresses that are designed to support your health for 25 years. We understand how debilitating allergies can be. Our mattresses reduce your exposure to indoor allergens; helping you get the rest you need for years to come. Our confidence in our mattresses is evident in our Triple Assurance Guarantee.
Don’t let allergies wear you down. Get the rest you deserve – invest in the best mattress for your allergies. We guarantee you will love sleeping on the most wonderful mattress in the whole wide world.
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Homes & Garden. (2022) “How often should you change your mattress?”. Available from: <https://www.homesandgardens.com/interior-design/bedrooms/how-often-should-you-change-your-mattress>. [Accessed August 2022].
National Health Service (UK). (n.d.). “Millions ‘allergic to their own home.” Available from: <https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/millions-allergic-to-their-own-home>. [Accessed August 2022].
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