Are allergies at night disrupting your sleep?
As well as being frustrating, allergy symptoms can also reduce the amount of quality sleep you get each night. Not to mention the fact that night-time coughing and sneezing can disturb your partner’s sleep too. While traditional advice is to take an antihistamine and avoid the trigger for your symptoms as much as possible, that’s not so easy when it comes to combatting your allergies at night. The average bed can harbor a variety of allergens, from dust mites to fungal spores, so what can you do to relieve your symptoms?
Considering that we spend an average of eight hours per-night in bed, it’s no wonder that allergies flare up at night, and disturb our sleep.
How do I know if I'm allergic to dust mites and fungal spores?
Dust mites and fungal spores can trigger a variety of conditions and symptoms. If you suffer from any of the following conditions and find that you experience bad allergies at night, dust mites or fungal spores could be the cause:
- Allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nose)
If you don’t have any of these conditions, but you do find yourself waking in the night feeling sniffly or itchy, an allergic reaction to dust mites or fungal spores may be the problem. Some key symptoms to look out for are:
- Itchy or runny eyes
- Itchy skin
- Blocked or runny nose
- Coughing or wheezing
- Tight chest
- Sore throat
Some groups of people are more likely to find that their allergies at night are triggered by dust mites or fungal spores. These include children, the elderly, and people who have a weakened immune system.
If you suddenly find yourself suffering from any of the symptoms above, it is always a good idea to get checked out by your doctor. However, if they find that allergies at night are the likely cause, it is worth looking into different ways to improve your sleep environment.
Fortunately, hypoallergenic bedding can help you to sleep better and wake up feeling more rested.
What is hypoallergenic bedding?
Hypoallergenic bedding is specially designed to reduce the chance of an allergic reaction. It does this by creating an environment in which allergens find it difficult to survive.
To get maximum anti-allergy benefit, choosing the right hypoallergenic bedding is vital. While there are many anti-allergy bedding products out there - such as comforters and pillows - some materials are better than others. Wool, for example, is particularly effective for repelling allergens and providing a hypoallergenic sleeping environment for you. This natural material works wonders to absorb moisture and stay cool, creating an environment which deters dust mites, dust mite allergens and fungal spores.
Here at Woolroom, we create all our anti-allergy bedding, including duvets, pillows and mattresses from wool. In fact, our wool bedding is the first scientifically proven woolen hypoallergenic bedding solution that is also 100% natural.
Recent scientific tests have shown that our anti-allergy bedding is resistant to house dust mites, house dust mite allergens and fungus. There are also many other types of anti-allergy bedding solutions on the market, but ours is proven to be effective without freezing or washing at high temperatures.
Hypoallergenic bedding from Woolroom is ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies, asthma or eczema. In fact, we’re the only wool bedding manufacturer to have been awarded the Allergy UK Seal of Approval.
Our hypoallergenic bedding – put to the test
Tests were carried out under controlled conditions over six weeks to perfectly simulate a typical bed environment with changes in humidity and temperature. House dust mites and fungal spores were introduced at the start of the test. The dust mites thrived in the synthetic material, reproducing and increasing levels of allergens, due to the ideal conditions. In the wool bedding, the lack of humidity, as well as the fact that the fungal food source could not survive, resulted in no live dust mites or dust mite allergens surviving through the test period.
What are hypoallergenic sheets?
Allergies at night are not only caused by your pillow making you sneeze or your duvet disturbing your breathing – even your bed sheets and bed linen can be the problem.
Thinking about how these allergies make their way into our bedsheets can be an unpleasant thought. We all shed skin cells throughout the day, even when we sleep. Dust mites live on these cells in soft, porous environments, making your bedsheets the perfect home for them. By upgrading your sleeping environment with hypoallergenic bed sheets, you can greatly reduce your exposure to those pesky allergies.
Allergy UK Seal of Approval Products
Our anti-allergy bedding is the only natural solution that can boast the Allergy UK Seal of Approval. Look out for any products marked with the Allergy UK Seal of Approval logo – these are products which have been awarded the logo and are suitable for allergy sufferers.
Our products have been scientifically proven to reduce exposure to the following allergens: house dust mites, house dust mite allergens and fungal spores. Endorsement by Allergy UK indicated that an individual's exposure can be reduced, but this does not mean that an individual's allergic symptoms will necessarily diminish. Allergy UK's opinion applies only to the products and allergens stated. Products should be used only for their intended purpose and strictly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions at all times.
Are you ready for a better night’s sleep? Browse our full selection of wool bedding or try our Custom Bedding Builder to create a set that’s just right for you.