Put Your Allergies to Bed: The Best Mattresses for Allergy Sufferers

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6/23/2015

The average person spends 8 hours each day in bed, so it's only natural that you would want that environment to be as healthy as possible—especially if you are a regular allergy sufferer. You can't always control the environments that you interact in all day long—the office, schools, outdoors, stores, etc.—but if you can make your home more comforting, it can go a long way. If you experience allergy symptoms at night or in the morning and have never considered how you may be reacting to your bed, now may be the time.

So what exactly could be causing those allergies? One very likely possibility is dust mites—or dust mite feces to be exact. It sounds disgusting, but it's true. It is actually the feces that cause you to sneeze, itch, wheeze, and have symptoms of watery eyes, headaches, and fatigue. The inner spring system of a coil/spring mattress makes an excellent incubator for dust mites, which of course leave behind feces. Dead skin cells (yours, not the mites') also accumulate.

And finally, due to humidity in the cavity of your mattress (caused by the transfer of your body heat), mold and mildew can build up. And if you've noticed that your mattress is heavier now than when you first purchased it, that's why. Dead skin cells, dust mite feces, mold, and mildew buildup make it so that a coil/spring mattress will typically weight 10 times its original weight after 10 years.

So if you're experiencing allergies and think it may be related to your sleeping conditions, consider a few of the following suggestions to reduce your symptoms.

Protective Mattress Covering

If you've recently purchased a new mattress and don't have the heart, or the budget, to replace it, protectant coverings are a reasonably affordable option. They are very soft, super absorbent, waterproof, and breathable. In addition to preventing dust mites and bacteria from breeding inside your mattress, it helps protect against spills, sweat, bed wetting and the like. At Mattress Mart, we offer two types of the Protect-A-Bed's line of mattress protectors and highly recommend them. You can read more about the two types as well as watch demonstrations by clicking here.

Latex and Memory Foam Pillows

There are a variety of latex and memory foam pillows on the market that naturally protect against dust mites and mold. As an additional precaution, you can also get a protective covering for your pillows to go under your normal pillow cases. Feel free to stop into our stores and ask us about our available options.

Recommended Mattresses for Allergy Sufferers

While we've already discussed that the standard coil/spring mattresses are not ideal for allergy sufferers, you may be wondering what exactly is ideal. Our top recommendation is for a latex foam mattress as there have been no known cases of allergic reactions to them. Memory foam mattresses are another alternative. In both cases, there are not any metal pieces for bacteria to cling to, and there are not gaps for dust mites. At Mattress Mart, we currently offer latex or memory foam options from Sealy Posturepedic and Pure LatexBLISS. When you stop in to one of our three locations in Kalamazoo, Portage, or Battle Creek, just mention to the sales associate that you are looking for a mattresses (and accessories) for an allergy sufferer. Our trained and friendly professionals will be happy to guide you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have.

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