While allergy season may not be in full swing outside, in your bedroom it may be a year-round event. Nothing’s worse than trying to sleep through sneezes, or deal with snoring due to blocked airways. Bedroom allergens and indoor allergies in general can be a sneaky culprit in your sleep troubles.
Is your bedroom an allergy magnet? Here are 5 tips that will help reduce bedroom allergens.
- Fresh bedding – Wash your sheets and bedding in hot water about every 12 to 14 days. For extra sheet sets, keep them in an airtight container if possible. They can gather dust, mites, and other indoor allergens while they sit in storage.
Hypoallergenic mattress – Get a hypoallergenic latex or memory-foam mattress. To recap our previous blog post, latex mattresses and higher density memory foam mattresses don’t give places for mites to live or dust to settle. A better mattress like the Simmons ComforPedic or Simmons Natural Care latex mean fewer bedroom allergens. If you love your non-hypoallergenic bed, you could also opt for a mattress protector that will help seal out the majority of allergens.
- Flooring follies – Your carpet may be soft, warm, and stylish, but you’re not the only one who thinks so. Dust mites and other allergens find it a haven as well. Sure, you could just replace all your bedroom floors with hardwood, but you can also vacuum with a HEPA vacuum cleaner every week to help reduce those bedroom allergens.
- Pets – I know, you love your dog or cat, and they’ve always slept in the same room as you. However, having them sleep in another room can greatly cut down on the amount of allergens that your pet transfers into your room. If keeping your faithful friend out isn’t an option, then make sure that you vacuum your floors and wash your sheets more often to cut down on indoor allergens.
- Bedroom, not storage room – While you may feel the urge to fill every available space in your home with… something… your bedroom is a place you want to keep it simple. Not just to eliminate distractions to make falling asleep faster easier, but also because all that extra stuff gives bedroom allergens more places to hide. Eliminate unnecessary bedroom items, including things like heavy curtains (use lighter, washable curtains), boxes, upholstered furniture, and unnecessary pillows to keep allergens down.
Bedroom allergens will find find and attach themselves to any surface. To help reduce your symptoms of indoor allergies, give those pesky dust mites fewer places to hide.