The sniffles, sneezing, itchy eyes, and scratchy throat—indoor allergies can make your dream of a good night's sleep stay just a dream. Millions of Americans suffer from indoor allergies triggered by dust, dust mites, mold, pet dander, and pollen. While these allergens often lurk throughout your home, it's your bedroom that's most concerning. Allergen invasions can cost you your sleep, your health, and your well-being.
Fortunately, allergy bedding can help safeguard your health and get you back to sleep. Hypoallergenic bedding includes dust mite covers for pillows, mattresses, and duvets, all designed to protect your bed from allergy-triggering dust mites and other allergens. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you might also consider hypoallergenic sheets, mattresses, and pillows. Read on to learn 5 things to consider when you shop for allergy bedding.
Before tackling the basics like bedding type, size, and price, it's important to consider your allergies. Are you a mild allergy-sufferer? Or is your condition moderate or even severe? If you have mild allergies, you may notice your symptoms flare up lightly on occasion, usually during spring or fall allergy season. If you have moderate to severe allergies, you might suffer from allergy symptoms year-round, even missing days of school or work because of your condition. The severity of your allergies will guide your choice of fabric type and pore size, both of which are important for protecting your bedding from microscopic allergens.
Next, choose the type of allergy bedding you need. If you have mild allergies, you might find that adding dust mite pillow protectors is enough to relieve your symptoms. If you have moderate to severe allergies, consider protecting your entire bed with allergy-proof bedding for the most relief. Choose from:
Allergy-free bedding is available in all standard mattress sizes including twin, full, queen, and king. Some manufacturers also make bedding in specialty sizes for cribs, extra long twin beds, and California king beds.
The next step is to choose your fabric type. Allergy bedding comes in a variety of fabrics from cotton to polyester to silk. The type of fabric you choose depends mainly on your preference. Like conventional bedding, allergy-free bedding comes in a variety of thread counts. A higher thread count indicates softness and possibly a smaller pore size, which we'll explain soon. Among your fabric choices are organic and non-organic varieties. Organic bedding is made without harmful chemicals and dyes, which can help protect you from skin allergies.
Average pore size refers to the size of the opening in the fabric weave. This is a good indicator for how well the bedding will protect you from allergens. Pore size is measured in microns, the same way allergens are measured. The smaller the pore size, the more allergens are blocked. Bedding with a pore size below 10 microns is recommended for helping reduce your allergies.
Dust 0.1 to 100 microns
Pet Dander 2.5 - 10 microns
Pollen 7 to 100 microns
Mold Spore 10 - 30 microns
Pet Hair 50 to 150 microns
Dust Mite 250 - 300 microns
Finally, consider price as you shop. Higher-priced allergy bedding typically has a higher thread count, a softer feel, and better durability through frequent washings. Lower-cost bedding provides great protection against allergens, but it may not be as comfortable or durable overtime. Rest assured, however, that there are many bedding brands with products at multiple price points to fit your budget.
Protecting your bedding from allergens is a start, but allergy bedding is often just one tool in your allergy relief toolbox. Fight airborne allergens in your home with a HEPA air purifier and vacuum them up with a HEPA vacuum. Try using a steam cleaner to safely clean and disinfect surfaces in your home without introducing symptom-triggering chemicals. And if you're in the dark about what types of allergens lurk around in your home, use an allergen test kit to gain more knowledge so you can take control.
For more information on our allergy bedding products and other ways to improve your indoor air, shop our site and visit our Knowledge Center. Not sure what's best for you? We can take the guesswork out of decision-making. Contact our product experts at 800-934-9194 for consultation and product recommendation. We want to help make your indoor environment healthy and comfortable.