Allergy sufferers, do you know your bedding choices can impact your breathing? If you have a dust mite allergy like me, you may want to seriously consider making some changes to your bedding situation. Let me tell you what I’ve done and how it has made my breathing so much better.
When I first saw an allergist a few years ago, some of the first questions he asked me were about my living environment at home. Did my apartment have carpeting? Did I have air conditioning? What type of detergent did I use? How old was my mattress?
My allergy doctor explained that when you have a dust mite allergy, you are actually breathing in the feces from dust mites feeding on your dead skin cells. Disgusting, right? Dust mites live in the soft surfaces of your home, and with time the amount of mites grow. Where do they grow the most? Your bed. That’s partly why people suggest getting a new mattress every 7 years or so. Embarrassingly enough, my mattress was over 10 years old. With each year that passes, the dust mite population grows and in some cases exponentially.
He highly suggested getting dust mite proof bedding to trap the allergens in to help my allergy issues. These high quality bedding encasings by Allergy Guardian are so tightly woven that they trap all the allergens inside. You know, the stuff you’d normally be inhaling otherwise.
Immediately after this recommendation I bought the following bedding items and while it cost nearly $500, but it was so worth it. I was amazed that in about two months, I was getting better quality sleep, snoring less, and having a much easier time breathing. This was in the middle of my food allergy diagnosis saga so I was visiting the office monthly and the doctor also noticed an improvement during our visits.
I bought two: one for my mattress, one for the box spring. Wrapping your mattress and box spring are a one-time thing to trap the dust mites in. You’ll put your fitted sheet over the casing and run your fitted sheet through the laundry as usual. If you are planning on disposing of the mattress or box spring in the future, you can remove the casing and wash with hot water and detergent. When you purchase these, pay close attention to the depth of your mattress and/or box spring.
Like the mattress encasing, this encasing is for your comforter. Wrap it once and be done with the dust mites. Conceal with your duvet covert and you’ll never know the casing is there doing its job in the background.
Get one of these for every pillow you have. Consider getting some for decorative pillows all around the house if you can remove their cases. If you visit the Allergy Guardian website they have more selection for lesser common pillow sizes such as square and body pillow sizes. This encasing is super important since you breathe closest to your pillows.
If you already know you are allergic to dust mites, I think you could really benefit from adding these items to your bedding. Running an air purifier, dusting, and doing laundry at least once per week is also something I do consistently. Doing all of these things has helped my breathing tremendously and I’ve been telling everyone I know. Changing to dust mite proof bedding absolutely made the biggest difference.
What changes have you made around the house to improve your wellbeing? I would love to know in a comment. Please be sure to check out some of my other home content before you go.