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The Best Bedroom Advice For Allergy Sufferers

The Best Bedroom Advice For Allergy Sufferers

by Lisa Levi March 02, 2022

There’s nothing better than jumping into bed at the end of a long day, right? While this is true for many, for those who suffer from sensitive skin, skin allergies or chronic skin disorders (like eczema), the thought of laying in bed can make you feel itchy all over, literally! 


We spend roughly a third of our lives in them, so you can see how our beds could become the perfect place for allergens to hide if not maintained correctly -think dust mites, pollen, mould, pet dander and bed bugs, we know, yuck! All of these allergens can cause symptoms like skin irritation, prolonged and relentless sneezing, facial pain and even difficulty breathing.

 

Hello Hypoallergenic Bedding

Organic Bamboo, 100% Cotton, Linen Bamboo and Wool, are some of the natural fabrics we love that are not only beautiful to sleep in but also hypoallergenic. What exactly is hypoallergenic bedding? Unlike regular bedding, hypoallergenic threads are specifically designed with a tighter weave to ensure any nasty allergens hiding in your bedding or mattress cannot breed and survive within the fabric.

These fabrics should actually repel the allergens. When looking for hypoallergenic sheets, it’s important to choose a natural and breathable fabric for comfort and to avoid mould.  

 

WHY BAMBOO TOPS OUR LIST

The perfect all-rounder option for those suffering with super sensitive skin or flare ups. Not only is Bamboo antibacterial, and antimicrobial but it’s more absorbent than Cotton, meaning it wicks the moisture away from your skin, reducing bacteria and leaving your sheets (and you) feeling fresh and hygienic in the morning. It’s thermoregulating properties also mean you’ll stay cooler during Summer (and less sweaty, itchy and irritated) and warmer in Winter. 

 

AU NATURALE AND CHEMICAL FREE

Not only do we have these nasty allergens to contend with, but chemicals in our environment and in fabrics that touch our skin can also contribute to itchy, aggravated skin. Synthetic fibres found in some bedding can worsen allergies and skin sensitivity because of the chemicals needed to create them. So this is why it’s important to understand the composition of materials in your bedlinen. 

Bamboo is organically grown and harvested chemically free, without pesticides or herbicides, another reason why Bamboo bedding tops our list of hypoallergenic options. Try our 100% Organic Bamboo Sheet Sets

100% Organic Bamboo Sheet Sets

 

CLEAN YOUR BEDDING REGULARLY 

During the night the average person will shed millions of skin cells. This combined with body sweat and allergens create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs.

Various sources agree you should be washing your sheets every week during the warmer months or year round if you’re a ‘hot sleeper’. And don’t forget about your quilt and pillows - wash and air dry them in the sunshine at least 3-4 times per year to keep them fresh.

We recommend choosing gentle cleaning products that are phosphate and chlorine free. The environment, your bed linen and your skin will thank you for it. 

TIP: Whilst some recommend washing bedding in hot water to kill bugs and bacteria, Bamboo only requires a cold cycle. A gentle 30 C wash will care for your bed linen while still removing dirt, stains and bacteria. Find more tips on caring for your Bamboo bed linen here

 

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT ALLERGENS?

  • Choosing hypo-allergenic bedding is going to be your first defence against those pesky allergens, but here are a few other steps you can take.
  • Take a peek at your mattress - the epi-centre for allergens! If you missed our post on caring for your mattress, have a read here!
  • Always use a mattress protector and pillow protector - these will serve as a barrier of protection between you and any dust mites lurking inside your mattress and pillows. Our Bamboo Mattress Protector is made from 100% Bamboo fabric.
  • Switch your pillow and quilt inserts to hypo-allergenic options such as the Bamboo Pillow or Australian Made Wool Quilt
  • Vacuum your sleep space regularly.
  • Take a look at your bathroom towels - these can also harbour mould and nasties - our range of Activated Charcoal Infused towels stop bacteria particles from growing, so these towels are a great addition to keep sensitive skin reactions to a minimum! 

 Activated Charcoal Infused towels

 

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