For many of us, hitting the hay for a good night’s sleep is one of the best parts of the day. That's not exactly the case for anyone who suffers from allergies during the night, however. Sneezing, wheezing, coughing, snoring, itching, tossing, turning, and insomnia are just a few of the pesky nuisances that plague allergy sufferers when they should be getting their much-needed rest. What's worse, these common irritants can quickly lead to sleep deprivation and other sleep-related issues, such as daytime sleepiness and fatigue, irritability, and forgetfulness. Chronic sufferers should liaise with their doctors about the best course of action for their allergies, but in the meantime, we’ve found the best bedding for allergies to help you get some much-needed shut-eye.
What causes sleep allergies?
One of the most common reasons for sleep allergies is allergic rhinitis (AR), also known as hay fever, and it affects a staggering 20 to 50 percent of the general population. Pollen in the spring time isn’t the only thing that causes AR; dust mites, mold, and pet dander are other culprits that irritate and inflame the nasal passages, causing sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny or blocked nose.
Dust mites are microscopic (1/64 of an inch long) insect-like pests that are (thankfully!) invisible to the human eye and, quite horrifically, there could be millions of them in your bed: Up to 10 percent of the weight of a two-year-old pillow can be comprised of dead dust mites and their droppings! And while the mites themselves don’t pose a threat, their droppings can easily set off allergies.
These nasty little creatures feed off dead skin cells (eek!) so to keep them at bay, showering before you sleep, regularly changing and washing your sheets in hot water, and using hypoallergenic, dust-mite proof bedding and bedding encasings — including pillowcases and mattress protectors — are all great ideas for keeping them at bay.
What is the best bedding for allergies?
One clinical study found that the best anti-dust mite bedding is made from material that is tightly-woven with a pore size of less than 10 microns, which is small enough to prevent these little nuisances from penetrating your bed, pillows, or covers. Fabrics like linen were found to be the worst for dust mites, whereas tightly woven materials, such as silk, which is naturally formed by the silkworm to provide a protective barrier for itself, are the best for allergy sufferers. Bedding should also be breathable and vapor permeable.
We’ve done our research and found the best bedding for dust mite and other common irritants. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best bedding for allergies .
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