People spend a considerable part of their lives sleeping and as anyone who suffers from allergies knows all too well, it can be a real challenge getting a good night’s rest when symptoms flare up. Lack of sleep can impact a person’s immune system, cause fatigue, poor performance in school or at work, increase absenteeism and even cause depression in some people.
Taking over-the-counter medicines or prescription drugs can help, but so too can minimizing exposure to allergens in your bedroom and even the bed itself. Here are some tips on reducing exposure to allergens in the bedroom.
• Dust mites thrive in warm and humid environments and are often present in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys, and fabric and fabric-covered items. Regularly clean pillow cases, sheets and bed coverings in hot water and use high heat to dry them to kill and remove dust mites. There are also special dust mite covers for bedding materials which may help.
• Dander from pets can cause allergies so avoid allowing your pet in your bedroom and do not allow pets to sleep on the bed.
• If cockroaches are present, treat and clean the home because many people are allergic to their body parts and waste.
• Mold thrives in conditions with high humidity or due to water damage. In fact, mold can begin to grow in as short as 48 hours on many materials when conditions are suitable.
• A cool and dry environment helps most people sleep and helps to minimize dust mites. An air conditioner or a dehumidifier can help achieve a pleasant sleep environment.
• In some regions, primarily during the winter, adding moisture with a humidifier can help with dry skin and respiratory issues when the air is exceptionally dry. However, be sure to following the manufacturer’s instructions to keep it clean and prevent mold and bacteria from growing or making the room too humid.
• Regularly change out the home’s air filters and if necessary, consider using a separate air cleaner for the bedroom.
• Pollen is a common allergen so keep plants out of bedrooms and windows closed when there are high levels of outdoor pollen. Also shower before going to bed to rinse any pollen off your body.
• Regularly vacuum using a machine with a HEPA filter and don’t forget to dust. Also clean items that may hold large amounts of dust, such as window curtains, which are often overlooked.
• Stuffed animals in a bed can contain allergens such as dust mites, so frequently wash them and perhaps minimize the number allowed.
• Some people may be allergic to feather pillows and feather beds so consider allergen-resistant bedding options.
• Use environmentally friendly fabric detergents with no scents or fragrances as some people can react to common chemicals and fragrances found in some popular detergents.
These are just a few things to consider for the indoor environment of bedrooms that can impact people with allergies hoping for a good night’s sleep. To learn more about this or other indoor air quality, health and safety, occupational or environmental issues, please visit the websites shown on the screen.
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