Sleep Easy During Allergy Awareness Week

Allergies needn't disrupt your sleep

Allergies can be a big problem for many, affecting over 21 million adults in the UK. Dust mites are one of the most common triggers for a number of allergies and with beds providing a haven for dust mites, it’s essential to keep your bed cool and clean.

Many people do not realise that it is our bed’s that can harbour the highest risk to allergies; mattresses, bedding and pillows can become reservoirs of human cells and bacteria. A typical used mattress has anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million mites inside and what’s more, ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings. These dust mites and germs living in our sheets cause asthma, hayfever, flu and food poisoning.

Allergy Awareness Week

As part of Allergy Awareness Week (April 25-May 1, 2016), Silentnight is sharing its top tips on reducing allergy ailments and improving your sleep. Silentnight’s sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, states that in order to reduce dust mites, the “temperature and humidity in the bedroom needs to be decreased”.

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

Other helpful tips from Nerina:

  • Change your mattress every seven years
  • Use anti-allergy and anti-bacterial bedding that works to reduce dust mites in the bed
  • Avoid making your bed everyday to let the sheets air
  • Change duvets and pillows every two to five years
  • Avoid clutter in the home to reduce dust
  • Vacuum regularly, especially if you have pets, to minimise allergens
  • Open a window for at least one hour a day
  • Groom animals outdoors to avoid fur in the home
  • Watch out for damp and mould in your home and ventilate rooms to avoid this

Choose the Right Mattress to Avoid Allergies

If you suffer with allergies look for a mattress with Purotex and the Allergy UK seal of approval.

Purotex is a natural probiotic treatment infused into the mattress fabric that absorbs moisture and prevents dust mites, bed bugs, mould and other allergens, for a mattress that’s hygienically clean. Purotex technology works as you sleep and is designed to aid a healthy night’s sleep.

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Top tips for a great night’s sleep

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!