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Posted on by Amber Merton
It’s not always easy to know the right kinds of pillows to purchase to meet your needs now and in the future. Purchasing the right pillow can make a world of difference to the comfort and quality of your sleep. It can also greatly impact your physical health and help you deal with allergies – especially when you choose to purchase hypoallergenic pillows.
Dust Mites and Hypoallergenic Pillows
Dust mites congregate in warm, moist, and dark environments. They are also wreak havoc on the 20 or so million people who suffer from respiratory allergies. Mattresses, bedding, and pillows are favorite watering holes for these microscopic pests. It’s the residue, or what these mites leave behind, that causes so many allergy sufferers to become ill as the result of dust mites.
However, you do not need to suffer from allergies in order to want a hypoallergenic pillow. You may simply wish to avoid the ick factor that goes along with knowing about dust mites and their propensity for pillows, mattresses, and bed linens – which brings us to the biggest benefit of hypoallergenic pillows. That benefit is peace of mind that you’re sleeping on a pillow that’s free from dust mite allergens.
No Microbial Worries
Another huge benefit to consider when it comes to hypoallergenic pillows is their antimicrobial nature. There are all kinds of microbes that the average person doesn’t want to think about while sleeping. These microbes, which can be commonly found in ordinary pillows, can cause temporary and chronic illnesses. That’s why it’s so important for people who do not have hypoallergenic pillows to replace their pillows often – as frequently as one new pillow every six months in some cases.
Sleep Easy Knowing Your Pillow is Unlikely to Hold Allergens
While hypoallergenic doesn’t eliminate any possibility of allergens altogether, it does make them very slim. The quality of pillow plays an important role in further reducing the likelihood of allergens, so choose a high-quality pillow from a name you trust in order to maximize your protection.
Don’t Forget the Pillow Cover
Your pillow cover is a second line of defense against dust mites and other allergens. Whether you’re an allergy or asthma sufferer or simply someone who likes to feel as though you’re sleeping on a clean fresh bed at night, investing in a pillow cover that pulls double duty as an allergen barrier is the perfect solution.
There are things you can do that will further your efforts to reduce and/or eliminate allergens in your bedroom such as investing in a natural latex mattress (read here to learn about the benefits of sleeping on a natural latex mattress and here on why a natural latex mattress makes for a healthier mattress), using an air-purifier in your bedroom, and making the switch to hypoallergenic skin and personal care products – including soaps, lotions, perfumes, and even candles. All that remains is to enjoy a better night’s sleep on your new hypoallergenic pillows.
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