How a Hypoallergenic Pillow Can Lead to a Better Night’s Rest
It’s critical for you to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Even though you’re not awake, your body is still active while you sleep. Your body heals your muscles while you sleep, for example. Your heart and other vital organs get some much-needed rest as you sleep and they repair themselves during your downtime, too.
While you may know getting quality sleep can elevate your mood in the short-term and improve your overall health and sense of well-being over the long haul, this knowledge doesn’t make it any easier for you to sleep well overnight. This is particularly true if you suffer from allergies.
Possible Allergens Lurking in Your Bedding and Pillows
You might squirm a bit when you think about it, but there are allergens hiding in your bedding. You might not be able to see them with your eyes, but they’re in there all right.
Pollen can be a big problem for allergy sufferers, especially during the spring. Even if you keep your windows closed to keep pollen out, pollen can still make its way onto your pillow when it lands in your hair or on your clothing and you inadvertently transfer it to your pillow through the air or when your head comes into direct contact with your pillow.
Whether you want to admit it or not, you shed skin cells while you sleep. Unfortunately, teeny, tiny dust mites feed on the skin cells you shed. Favoring soft, porous, dark environments, your pillow is a preferred place for these microbes to gather for a meal. While people aren’t allergic to dust mites themselves, many individuals are allergic to the waste and decay they leave behind.
Mold is another allergen that can be found on bedding, including pillows. Mold can do more than irritate your allergies, it can affect your health by causing breathing difficulties over the long-term.
What You Can Do to Prevent Allergens from Affecting Your Sleep
Regardless of the particular allergens that are in your pillow, they can have a negative impact on the quality of your sleep. They can cause congestion and itching that can prevent you from falling asleep or staying asleep, for instance. To prevent these things from happening, there a few things you can do, such as wash your pillowcases, pillows, and bedding regularly.
While frequent washings will help, buying the right kind of pillow, to begin with, will help even more. Getting a hypoallergenic pillow can greatly reduce the allergens in your pillow, allowing you to get a better night’s rest more consistently.
Hypoallergenic pillows are commonly made using polyester, cotton, memory foam and/or latex, which are antimicrobial materials and a deterrent to dust mites. This makes hypoallergenic pillows a fantastic alternative to pillows stuffed with feathers or another material that’s not hypoallergenic. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, a hypoallergenic pillow can help you sleep better because you’ll have peace of mind from knowing your pillow is anti-microbial and unpopular with dust mites.
You can find hypoallergenic pillows in a wide array of sizes and shapes. Hypoallergenic pillows are sold in standard sizes like queen and king. They’re also available as specialty pillows, such as neck and back support pillows.
If you’re going to shop for new pillows, what better place is there to do it than Ben’s? Visit one of our retail locations or look through our inventory of mattress accessories now.