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5 Ways your Mattress can help Prevent Allergies

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Allergies are a common enemy to most people; no one enjoys continuously having to look at the world through swollen eyes. You can be allergic to most things, but let us discuss Allergies that affect your sleep, and how to prevent those allergies:

Can a Mattress Cause Allergic Reactions?

Yes! A Mattress can Cause or Increase Allergic Reactions!

However, not all mattresses are the cause of allergies. Sometimes, there are other factors that move into your mattress causing those swollen eyes and blocked nose. One of these critters is Dust Mites.

Watch out for Dust Mites

The most common allergy that people suffer from with regards to sleeping, is being allergic to dust mites. The interesting (and quite disgusting) part, is that you aren’t allergic to the dust mites themselves, but rather to dust mite faeces!

When you sleep, flakes of dry skin rub off onto your mattress, providing food for the dust mites to eat. Your mattress is, therefore, the perfect habitat for these critters.

Allergies are triggered when you are exposed to Allergens. In this case, the Dust Mite faeces are the Allergens, and being exposed to them will cause your Allergies. The trick is to minimise your exposure to these bothersome creatures.

For your well-being, we would like to offer you some Mattress Hygiene advice!

Hypo-Allergenic Mattress Tips

  • Be Informed. Which Type of Mattress is Best to Prevent Allergies?
  • Which Mattresses Should You Avoid?
  • Wash Your Mattress Regularly
  • Pair Your Mattress With Cotton Bedding
  • Invest in a Quality Waterproof Mattress Protector
  • Flip/Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
  • Air your Mattress Every Second Week
  • Make use of Vinegar Spray and Bicarbonate of Soda to Clean Your Mattress
  • Replace Your Mattress Every 7 to 10 Years

1. Know What Type of Mattress is Best to Prevent Allergies:

If you find yourself reading this blog, it is safe to assume that you are asking yourself: “What’s the Best Mattress to Buy if I Have Allergies?“. If so, you have come to the right place!

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Hypoallergenic Mattresses are the Key to Keeping Your Allergies in Check.

The two best types of mattresses to look for are Natural Latex Mattresses and Memory Foam Mattresses. Both of these mattresses lack hollow spaces for Dust Mites to live in. These Mattresses are on sale at the Mattress Warehouse and are ideal if you suffer from allergies.

Natural Latex Mattresses:

Latex Mattresses are Manufactured From Organic Materials, so They are Hypoallergenic, as Well as Dust Mite Free!

So, these Hypo-Allergenic Mattresses will be ideal for those that suffer from allergies. Furthermore, the covers of the Mattresses are also treated, to be dust mite free and anti-allergenic. You will be protected from the inside of the mattress as well as from the outside.

For more information about Natural Latex Mattresses, click here.

Memory Foam Mattresses:

These Mattresses are Anti-Bacterial and are also a perfect choice to prevent allergy flare-ups.

For more information about Memory Foam Mattresses, click here.

2. Mattresses to Avoid

There are certain types of mattresses that provide the perfect living space for dust mites. The biggest culprit is Spring/Coil Mattresses.

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These beds have an open construction, providing plenty of space for dead skin flakes to collect, and dust mites to inhibit. If you suffer from allergies, stay away from coil mattresses, or at least clean them thoroughly and regularly to avoid dust mites!

3. Wash Your Mattress Regularly:

You sweat a lot during the night, and all of that moisture seeps into your mattress, providing a damp and dark place for dust mites to breed. Furthermore, dead skin cells build up over time, which also leads to dust mites.

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Proper mattress hygiene and maintenance is crucial in managing allergies. Therefore, when buying a new mattress, there are 3 things to consider in regards to being able to clean your mattress:

  • Waterproof: a good, waterproof mattress ensures that it will dry quickly and properly after washing it.
  • Breathability: the more air that moves through your mattress, the harder it is for dust mites and skin cells to build up.
  • Durability: you want a mattress that lasts, even after repeated washes.

For more tips and tricks to help you clean and care for your mattress, click here.

4. Pair Your Mattress With the Right Bedding:

While your mattress plays a big part in preventing allergies, it is also vital to pair it with the right bedding. A good rule of thumb is to stick to bedding made from Organic Materials.


Some Hypoallergenic Materials to Consider for Bedding:

  • Natural latex: all natural and prevents moisture from collecting,
  • Organic cotton: breathable, cheaper, and reduces allergies.
  • Bamboo: naturally hypoallergenic, resistant to mould and dust mites.
  • Silk: hypoallergenic and oh so soft!
  • Wool: Naturally deflects moisture and dust mites.

A Waterproof Mattress Protector provides a shield between your mattress, and the moisture and dirt from the environment, while also allowing you to remove this layer and wash it. If your allergies are bothering you, consider buying a Mattress Protector.

To ensure you get the most allergy prevention from your bedding, remember to wash it regularly!

5. Replace Your Mattress Every 7 to 10 Years:

The build-up of dead skin cells and Dust Mites can be diminished, but ultimately it is inevitable. This can cause severe allergies and should be prevented as much as possible.

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So, What is the Best Advice to Prevent Allergy Flare-ups?

It is important to let go of your sentimental side and to invest in a new mattress every few years. The Better Sleep Council recommends that you do this every 7 to 10 years.

To read more about how to know when to replace your mattress, click here.

Some Excellent Mattresses for Sale at the Mattress Warehouse:

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At The Mattress Warehouse, we have a mattress for sale for every need! Some of the best mattresses available that aids in allergy prevention are listed here:

  • The Sealy Posturepedic Range has an anti-allergenic layer to protect you from allergens.
  • The Serta Aristocrat Range makes use of a gel infused memory foam, which also has anti-allergenic properties.
  • The Cloud Nine Airborne Range is odour-free, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic.
  • The Kooi Pure Firm Range is a new range available at the Mattress Warehouse. It comes with a removable (and washable) mattress cover, as well as a Sleep Dot that monitors your sleep cycle and movements. It is also a great option for people with allergies.

We all know that sleeping is a very important part of our daily routine; it is something that everyone needs to stay happy and healthy. The correct Mattress will prevent Allergies and improve your well-being. So don’t delay, have a look at our wide range of mattresses for sale! The Mattress Warehouse boasts free delivery to all major cities in South Africa.

Sleep well!

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