Allergens in Mattresses and How it Affects Your Health

Allergens in Mattresses and How it Affects Your Health


About one third of a person's life is spent in bed, and as a result your mattress collects a large amount of dead skin, body oils and more. Because of this, the typical used mattress can be home to as many as ten million microscopic bugs such as dust mites. In addition, dust mites excrete waste which adds to allergens in your mattress.


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Washing sheets and pillowcases as often as possible is extremely important to ensure a healthy sleeping environment, due to the fact that bacteria multiplies at an alarming rate. A one week old pillowcase is home to about 3 million bacteria. This is 17,000 more bacteria than a toilet seat! After 4 weeks goes by that number multiplies exponentially and that same pillow now contains a staggering amount of bacteria. The same goes for your bed sheets. Many people wash their sheets randomly, but it is suggested to stick to a weekly cleaning schedule, especially if you or one of your family members are prone to allergies or are asthmatic. There are many different types of bacteria, fungi, dust, dirt, pollen, boldly fluids, food crumbs, cosmetics and other allergens. And the fact is, we are dragging them into our bed every night, especially if we hop into bed without taking a shower and putting on fresh sleepwear first. Not only will showering before bed help alleviate some of these issues, but you will get a better nights sleep when you feel clean and fresh.


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These are the most common causes of allergens that may be lurking in your mattress:


Development of Mold


As humans, we sweat during the night even though we may not even be aware of it. The moisture from sweat is the only thing that mold needs to grow. Combine the moisture with the darkness under your sheets and you have an ideal breeding spot for mold. Spilled drinks or liquid also can soak into the dark mattress and mold can multiply rapidly, causing a number of respiratory issues such as asthma and wheezing. For people with preexisting respiratory health issues, mold may worsen these conditions and possibly lead to lung infections as well. And unknown to most, mold is also a skin irritant and can result in rashes or hives.


Dust Mites Infestation


In addition to sweating at night, our bodies also shed dead skin cells, which dust mites use for food. The typical used mattress can be home to as many as 10 million dust mites which continuously eat and release excrement. Some people can have allergic reactions to dust mites and can result in rashes, a runny nose and tightening of the chest due to dust mite droppings. You can defend against dust mites by washing your sheets one a week in hot water to kill any dust mites, keeping your bedroom cooler, and adding an allergy proof mattress pad or cooling waterproof mattress protector as well as hypo-allergenic pillow protectors.


Experiencing allergic symptoms is of the most common health issues when it comes to sleeping at night in your bed. Proper care of your mattress goes a long way in alleviating this issue. Slumberfy offers the following products to prevent these issues:


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