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Dust mites and mattresses

So, what's the correlation between dust mites and mattresses? Many people look for beds that prevent dust mites because these microscopic organisms can cause allergic reactions in those 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 while in bed. Over time, dust mites thrive in this environment as dead skin cells build up over time and cause other allergic reactions in those affected by such an allergy. However, these can be combated by various mattresses that utilise hypoallergenic materials designed to keep an allergic reaction at bay so you can sleep soundly.

Do I need a hypoallergenic mattress?

Hay fever or dust mite allergy sufferers

Considering a hypoallergenic mattress is an excellent way to go if you're affected by hay fever or a dust mite allergy. There is a range of sleeping solutions that utilise hypoallergenic materials to combat allergy symptoms, which generally natural materials tend to exacerbate. With this being said, if you are only mildly affected by hay fever or allergies, you may not notice much difference when using a hypoallergenic mattress.

Which mattresses best avoid dust mites

Sprung mattresses with synthetic fillings

If you're partial to a sprung mattress, don't worry; many pocket spring or innerspring mattresses 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. This makes it easy for dust mites to pass through and build up over time. But a bed 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 altogether 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 the build-up of pet dander, alongside latex mattresses. The memory foam structure comprises 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 is allergy free, helping those affected get restful sleep in peak allergy season.

Latex mattress

Latex mattresses are a brilliant natural sleeping solution that has hypoallergenic properties. Latex has an open cell structure that makes it very hard for dust mites to inhabit, yet it is very breathable. It also offers a similar comfort level to memory foam. Without dust mites, the mattress reduces allergies and ensures you get a brilliant night's sleep. Latex also has 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 severe allergic reactions, so you must opt for a different hypoallergenic mattress. In fact, an array of synthetic latex mattresses also combat this issue.

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 or closed cell structure, as pet dander or dust mites can't build up. These will exacerbate allergy symptoms such as a blocked nose or watery eyes. We recommend avoiding a hybrid mattress that includes natural materials or any sleeping solution with an organic cotton cover.

Many brands have incorporated special fibres designed to combat these issues for allergy sufferers, such as the Silentnight Eco Fibre or Sealy Smart Fibres. When 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 your mattress protector 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.

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