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Mattresses and dust mites
About 59% of all people report having indoor allergies. While there may be numerous reasons for this, bacteria and dust mites play a big role. The bedroom is certainly a prime location for these allergies to manifest.
Dust mites feed on human sweat and dead skin. Because of this, you’ll easily find them living quite happily in mattresses. The older the mattress, the more likely you are to find dust mites - they’ve had years to inhabit the mattress and multiply!
Turns out that these little critters really like the warmth and humidity a mattress can offer. The more warmth and humidity they have, the quicker they multiply.
Why choose an anti-dust mite mattress?
If you’re allergic to dust mites, then you can easily succumb to severe allergies, which greatly affects the quality of your sleep - and the quality of your life!
While cleaning a mattress is certainly important to help get rid of dust mites and bacteria, an anti-dust mite mattress helps prevent the build-up of mites and bacteria in the first place.
What type of anti-dust mite mattress should I select?
There are a variety of anti-dust mite mattresses available. A mattress can be termed an anti-dust mite mattress depending on its composition and materials used, which has a great effect on how happily mites and bacteria can survive in a mattress.
Here are our tips for choosing a good anti-dust mite mattress.
Choose viscoelastic and cold foam
Firstly, we would advise that you choose a cold foam mattress. These are very breathable and perfectly regulate the sleeping climate. Cold foam mattresses do not retain heat and humidity for long. Dust mites prefer mattresses that do not regulate heat and humidity well as they like to live in warm, humid places.
If you choose a cold foam mattress, we would advise that you also opt for an anti-dust mite mattress cover. The cover will further protect both you and your mattress and improve the quality of your sleep.
Another good choice would be a viscoelastic mattress - but, this depends on the other components of the mattress. Viscose foam generally only forms one layer of the mattress. We would recommend that you choose a mattress that combines viscoelastic foam with cold foam.
Avoid spring mattresses
We would not recommend choosing a spring mattress. The springs themselves tend to occupy very little space in the mattress, which provides plenty of room for dust mites to thrive. They can use the space to multiply faster and more easily.
If you currently have a spring mattress but aren’t suffering from allergies, then we would still recommend that you purchase an anti-dust mite cover. This will help prevent any allergies from springing up further down the line.
Latex mattresses are also great
If you’re not allergic to latex, then a latex mattress is also a good alternative. Latex is naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. As a result, mites will have greater difficulty surviving and thriving in latex mattresses.
If you are allergic to latex, then this doesn’t necessarily mean that a latex mattress is a no-go. Simply choose a latex mattress that’s surrounded by a layer of natural fibres and organic cotton. Your skin will be protected and you’ll never actually come into contact with the latex but you’ll still be able to experience the benefits of the latex mattress.
Use an anti-dust mite cover
Using an anti-dust mite mattress cover is also a solution. It adds an extra layer between you and the mattress. While it’s a practical solution to help with the actual allergies, it doesn’t get rid of the real problem.
If you struggle with allergies, then choosing a hypoallergenic anti-dust mite mattress is generally a good idea. Don’t forget to also clean your mattress regularly.