Do you ever find yourself waking in the middle of the night, sniffly and itchy? If your beauty sleep is often disturbed by bouts of coughing, blocked sinuses and red, irritated eyes, you may be suffering from pesky allergies brought on by your bedding.
Aside from being incredibly frustrating for families trying to drift off to dreamland and businesses striving to keep their guests and clients happy (and well-rested), allergy symptoms can drastically reduce quality sleep, leading to unproductive days and poor mood. Research suggests that the average bed can house a variety of aggravating allergens, from dust mites to pet dander and even mould. Fortunately, hypoallergenic bedding may be the answer
In our latest blog, we’ll tackle all things hypoallergenic bedding. We’ll cover the common allergies that could be causing you or your customers sleepless nights as well as what anti-allergen bedding means, how it works and some of our tried-and-tested pieces to help you create the perfect environment at home or in your business – to get you drifting off and dozing deeply in no time. Let’s dive in.
What’s Causing My Nighttime Allergies?
Common irritants such as dust mites, mould and pet dander can aggravate the nasal passages, leading to stuffy noses, watery eyes, sneezing and general itchiness for those who suffer from allergies (particularly children, the elderly and the immuno-compromised). Unfortunately, many of these triggers can be found in our bedding.
Dust mites, in particular, can cause a whole host of unwanted issues. These microscopic creatures often take up residence in our mattresses, pillows and duvets and not only interfere with our comfort and sleep but potentially trigger more serious reactions like eczema, rhinitis and asthma.
It’s essential to note, however, that the presence of these allergens is not related to cleanliness. Even the most immaculate bedroom is likely to fall prey to these pesky critters, and no amount of hoovering, changed sheets and boil washes can prevent it for long.
So, What’s the Solution
Traditional advice for fighting allergens suggests avoidance and antihistamines, which in this case, can be difficult to follow. For many of us, nasal congestion is worse at night and many anti-allergen medications can disrupt sleeping patterns resulting in insomnia and sudden middle-of-the-night awakenings.
More sources suggest washing your bedding regularly at the hottest temperature it can withstand. However, while this is a good suggestion (and one you should heed if possible), it’s not a simple solution for families and businesses with multiple bulky duvets and pillows to wash, nor do many of us have the storage space necessary to keep spares tucked away for laundry day.
Anti-allergen bedding may be the solution.
What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
Hypoallergenic is a term used to describe products that contain, or are made with, fewer allergy-producing substances (or allergens) than standard.
Hypoallergenic bedding is specifically designed to reduce the chances of an allergic reaction while you sleep. Typically made with high-quality, synthetic fibres, anti-allergen bedding creates a hostile environment for allergens to live and works to prevent dust mites and other irritants from moving around so freely.
Particular types of hypoallergenic bedding, such as mattress covers, act as a physical barrier between mites and you, preventing existing bugs from feeding off your skin cells and reducing the number of new critters setting up shop in your bedding. Research indicates that adding a hypoallergenic mattress cover, duvet and pillows is an effective way to decrease your exposure to dust mites and other irritants.
Hypoallergenic Bedding by Gilly Nicolson
If the above has you feeling itchy (apologies) and eager to transform your bed into a hypoallergenic heaven, we’ve compiled our full range of anti-allergen bedding below. Made right here in the UK with the finest, high-quality materials and zero harsh chemicals, each piece from our luxury bedding collections uses fully-traceable fillings sourced only from accredited and reputable European suppliers. A great night’s sleep is on the horizon…
Hypoallergenic Mattress Topper
Our Hypoallergenic Dacron Comforel Allerban Mattress Topper is designed to perfectly mimic the luxurious feel of feather and down while being completely synthetic. The 100% pure cotton filling boasts great loft and recovery properties, while the high-quality cassette construction keeps the filling in place, eliminating cold spots and irregular padding for a comfortable night’s sleep, every time.
The filling and casings in our hypoallergenic mattress topper are OEKO-TEX® Standard Certified. Machine Washable. All orders take approximately two weeks. For bespoke sizes, contact our team.
An incredibly popular option for our hotel and boutique clients, the synthetic filling in our Hypoallergenic Comforel Allerban Duvet has the same sumptuous feel as our feather and down bedding while remaining 100% non-allergenic. Developed with a piped and double-stitched edge construction, each duvet boasts a baffle wall box design and individually filled pockets to prevent inconsistent padding and distribute warmth evenly throughout the night.
The filling and casings in our hypoallergenic duvet are OEKO-TEX® Standard Certified. Easy-to-wash. All orders take approximately two weeks. For bespoke sizes, contact our team.
Our Hypoallergenic Comforel Allerban Pillows come with a 100% pure cotton, 233 thread count casing for a premium, extravagant feel. Like the other pieces in our hypoallergenic collection, the high-quality synthetic fibres gather in soft, malleable clusters to perfectly match the feel of real down and feather filling – for a deep and restful sleep without irritation.
All orders take approximately 2-4 weeks. For bespoke sizes, contact our team.
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