3 important steps

A guide to healthy sleeping

Anyone with asthma or eczema, rhinitis or sensitivity to chemicals knows only too well the misery of long nights spent awake with allergy symptoms: itchy or watery eyes, blocked or runny nose, coughing , wheezing, postnasal drip and hot, angry skin rashes can all ruin a decent night's sleep.

One of the most common triggers for these reactions is an allergen found in the microscopic droppings of house dustmites, minute creatures that colonise dark, warm, humid places which offer a food supply of shed skin scales. So your bed, with its mattress, pillows and duvet, padded headboard and stuffed teddy bears provides dustmites with an ideal environment in which they thrive.

3 important steps

  1. First of all give any in-use mattresses a really good clean with a vacuum cleaner, ideally a modern HEPA model that will take in and retain house dustmite allergen.
  2. Next, enclose the mattresses in allergen proof barrier covers. These covers will prevent house dustmites already in the mattress getting out and stop new mites getting in. If you buy a new mattress and enclose it in an allergen proof barrier cover you will prevent infestation from the start.
  3. Enclose pillows and duvets (whether new or in use) with similar allergen proof covers. Your pillow is home to the highest density of house dustmites and their allergen so it is the most important item of bedding to cover. Encasing your pillow in an allergen proof barrier cover can bring an immediate reduction in asthma attacks and eczema flare-ups.