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Dust mites and mattresses

So, what's the correlation between dust mites and mattresses? Many people look for mattresses that prevent dust mites because these microscopic organisms can cause reactions in those that are allergic to them. Your mattress can become a hub for dust mites as they feed off dead skin cells, which we tend to shed a lot of them whilst we're in bed. Over time, dust mites thrive in this environment as dead skin cells build up over time and cause further allergic reactions to those affected by such an allergy. However, these can be combated by a variation of mattresses that utilise hypoallergenic materials that are designed to keep an allergic reaction at bay so you can sleep soundly.

Which mattresses best avoid dust mites?

Sprung mattresses with synthetic fillings

If you're partial to a sprung mattress, don't worry, there are many pocket spring or innerspring mattresses that incorporate synthetic materials and fillings. A mattress that uses natural fillings is not an anti-allergy mattress because the pore sizes of the fibres are large, making it easy for dust mites to pass through and build up over time. But a mattress that uses synthetic fillings such as polyester is much more effective in preventing the build-up of dust mites due to the tighter pore sizes. Although with this being said, a mattress with a closed cell structure is more effective in completely deterring dust mites.

Memory foam mattress

Memory foam mattresses are a synthetic material that features a closed cell structure, the best mattress for allergies and preventing build-up of pet dander, alongside latex mattresses. The structure of memory foam is comprised of millions of tiny holes that seep air when pressure is applied, allowing the mattress surface to mould to the contours of your body. Ideal for a range of preferred sleeping positions such as side sleepers, back and stomach sleepers and combination sleepers. Memory foam doesn't use all natural materials but is certainly allergy free, helping those that are affected to get restful sleep in peak allergy season.

Latex mattress

Latex mattresses are a brilliant natural sleeping solution that has hypoallergenic properties. Offering a similar comfort to memory foam, latex has an open cell structure that makes it very hard for dust mites to inhabit yet is very breathable. Without the presence of dust mites, the mattress does its job of reducing allergies and ensuring you get a brilliant night's sleep. Latex also has so many other fantastic qualities, such as its ability to absorb moisture, remain breathable and even have anti-microbial properties, perfect for hot sleepers and keeping your mattress clean.
Before you purchase a latex mattress, please ensure that you don't have latex allergies. These can cause serious allergic reactions which means you will need to opt for a different hypoallergenic mattress. In fact, there's an array of synthetic latex mattresses that combat this issue too.

What's the best anti-allergy mattress?

Given all that is discussed above, there are several brilliant options for hypoallergenic mattresses. The best mattress options for allergy sufferers are those with an open cell structure or closed cell structure, as it's virtually impossible for pet dander or dust mites to build up. Essentially, we recommend avoiding a hybrid mattress that includes natural materials or any sleeping solution with an organic cotton cover, as these will exacerbate allergy symptoms such as a blocked nose or watery eyes.
Many brands have incorporated their own special fibres designed to combat these issues for allergy sufferers, such as the Silentnight Eco Fibre or Sealy Smart Fibres. Overall, when you're looking for a new mattress, it's best to look out for phrases such as 'anti-allergy' or 'hypoallergenic', which will be clearly shown within each product if the mattress meets the specifications.

Are there other methods I can use to reduce allergens?

Mattress protector

Creating an extra barrier with a mattress protector between your sheet and mattress is a great way to make it hard for dust mites to pass through. Ensuring you regularly wash it alongside your sheets, there won't be many skin cells which the dust mites need to thrive.

Hypoallergenic bedding

Steering clear of bedding that incorporates natural materials is a good idea if you wish to create a sleeping environment with maximum allergy relief. For the same reasons as a mattress that uses synthetic fillings, it keeps allergens from building up inside pillows and duvets.