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Suffering From Allergies?

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Anyone who suffers from allergies will know how uncomfortable it can be. Others may go though life not even realising they are a 'sufferer'. That scratchy throat you thought was just a cold? The runny nose you thought was the flu? That run-down feeling you just can’t shake? They may all be due to a reaction to something which for most of us is quite normal. Allergies are very common, but what exactly are they, what are the symptoms and what can you do to improve them?  

An allergy is a reaction of the body's immune system to something that's usually harmless for most people, such as pollens, insect bites, certain medications, household chemicals and foods. But house dust mites are the main culprit when it comes to our bedrooms.

According to The Sleep Council, allergies affect over 21 million adults in the UK and 59% of indoor allergy sufferers say their symptoms feel worse in the bedroom. They're particularly common in children although some of these go away as they get older. However, some may last a lifetime. Adults can sometimes develop allergies to things they were not previously allergic to.

Having an allergy can be a annoying and affect your daily routine. everyday activities, particularly our sleep-health, but most allergic reactions are mild and can generally be managed. Severe reactions can occasionally occur, but these are quite rare.

WHAT EXACTLY CAUSES ALLERGIES?

Allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a particular substance as though it's harmful. It's not clear why this happens, but most people affected have a family history of allergies or have closely related conditions, such as asthma or eczema. The number of people with allergies is increasing every year. The reasons for this are unclear, but one of the main theories is that it's the result of living in a cleaner, germ-free environment, which reduces the number of germs our immune system has to deal with. It's thought this may cause it to overreact when it comes into contact with harmless substances.

WHAT ARE THE SUMPTOMS OF AN ALLERGIC REACTION?

Allergic reactions usually happen quickly within a few minutes of exposure to an allergen. They can cause:

  • sneezing 
  • a runny or blocked nose 
  • red, itchy, watery eyes 
  • wheezing and coughing 
  • a red, itchy rash 
  • worsening of asthma or eczema symptoms

WHY DO MY ALLERGIES GET WORSE AT NIGHT?

Pollen counts can be higher at night and for those with allergies to house dust mites these are present in and around our beds, as is pet hair if dogs and cats are allowed to sleep on our beds. If your symptoms flare up in the night, it can be difficult to sleep and regain your strength for the following day. Reduction in the exposure you have to dust mites, will help reduce the symptoms of your allergies or asthma, resulting in a deeper night’s sleep.

HOW DO YOU REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO DUST MITES?

There are many ways you can reduce your exposure to allergens in the bedroom. One of the most important is to think about the bedding you are sleeping in. Our natural filled duvets, pillows and toppers are Nomite® certified. The tight weave of the high density cover acts as a barrier against mites and the mark indicates that a product is suitable for allergy suffers. This has been demonstrated by scientific research. Our environmentally friendly superior recycled man-made bedding is hypoallergenic, a perfect choice if you suffer from allergens and will help you sleep at night.

However, there are many other day to day pointers you may need to consider:

  • regularly replace your mattress– ideally around every seven years
  • air your bed each morning and regularly clean mattresses, protectors, pillows and blankets, as well as keeping your topper dust free 
  • regularly wash your bedding (ideally once a week) helping to decrease the spread of bacteria
  • pillows should be swapped every two to three years and washed every three months
  • ensure the bedroom is well ventilated
  • keep temperatures down and flowers out of bedrooms
  • avoid drying clothes on radiators in the bedroom
  • regularly vacuum thoroughly under and around the bed
  • fit roller blinds that can be easily wiped clean
  • clean cushions, soft toys, curtains and upholstered furniture regularly
  • wipe surfaces with a damp, clean cloth, as dry dusting can spread the allergens further

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Additionally, explore our Care Guide for top tips to keep all your bedding clean and fresh.