Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, as we spend almost one-third of our lives there. While you may think that allergens are only found outdoors, you might be surprised to find out that your home may be filled with allergy-causing substances, and maybe much more than outdoors because of the closed space. The bedroom is just one of the rooms in your home where allergens can run rampant, causing a huge amount of symptoms including a headache, runny or stuffy nose, scratchy throat, cough, sneezing, itchy eyes etc.
Not only are bedroom allergies annoying and uncomfortable, but they can also interrupt restful night’s sleep and leave you feeling tired and groggy in the morning. Bedroom allergens can also be dangerous to those who have asthma or other respiratory problems. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can combat allergy and reclaim your bedroom from the allergens.
What kind of allergens do you find in the bedroom?
Before you can get rid of the allergens around your bedroom, you must first understand exactly what you are dealing with. There are five common types of allergens that may be roaming around in your bedroom without you being aware. These include:
Mould Spores: Mould loves to grow in damp and dark places, including almirahs, window shades and curtains and bathroom cabinets and curtains. These moulds can bring on a number of unpleasant symptoms as well as a foul smell if it is not dealt with properly. There are many ways to prevent mould from growing.
Dust Mites: These tiny organisms are commonly found in bedding, stuffed animals, pillows, curtains, carpets and other fabric materials. Everything you might find in your bedroom is prone to dust mites. The waste of these mites is commonly what brings upon the unpleasant symptoms and smells. Like mould, there are quite a few measures you can take to prevent dust mites from affecting you and your family.
Animal Dander: Proteins from your pet’s fur, skin, urine and saliva may get on to the surface of your bedding, carpet or anywhere your animal friend likes to roam around. Commonly referred to as pet dander, this allergen also has a tendency to stay airborne and can float through the air for hours before it finally finds a place to rest on a surface. If you allow your furry friend in your bedroom- or sleep in your bed together- then your home may be filled bet there is some dander roaming around.
Cockroaches: Droppings, saliva and cast-off skins of cockroaches are supposed to cause allergic reactions in people. Because these insects are very adaptable to their environment, they are able to live anywhere. There are many ways to get rid of cockroaches from your bedroom, but the main thing you should do is avoid eating on the bed or in the bedroom.
Pollen: Pollen is one of the most common allergens to affect you, especially in the spring and fall. Pollen can easily get into your bedroom through windows and doors. It is also more when you have plants in your room. Even though it looks nice, it is not advisable to keep plants in your bedroom.
Tips to minimise allergies in your bedroom
Use Allergy Resistant Bedding
Since you spend one-third of your lives in bed, it’s better to buy and change all of your bedding to hypoallergenic and organic varieties. This change can do magic to help reduce the number of allergens in your bedroom.
- Dust Mite Covers: Bedding offers the perfect warm and moist living environment for dust mites as well as other types of allergens. Livpure mattresses come with removable anti-allergic mattress covers that can protect your mattresses and can be washed regularly to avoid allergens.
- Hypoallergenic microfibre Pillows: Some pillows may be susceptible to mould and mildew growth from sweat, dry skin and moisture that accumulates over time. Choose a hypoallergenic microfiber pillow from Livpure for extra protection from allergies. Do not forget to buy a cotton hypoallergenic cover for it as well.
- Hypoallergenic Bedding: Livpure gives you the option of not only a variety of mattress for your body needs but also many options like natural mattresses made from latex and another form of natural mattress range made from ayurvedic foam, which is all anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. Our Egyptian cotton bed sheets are soft, breathable and luxurious and perfect for your bedding.
- Hypoallergenic Comforters and Blankets: If allergies bother you in the bedroom, you should invest in the top quality all-weather comforter from Livpure to keep all the bacteria’s and allergens at bay.
Use an Air Purifier
Air purifiers are designed to help to clean the air of irritating contaminants, particles and fumes that come from our polluted air especially in the cities, that can contribute to your allergy symptoms, as well as many other respiratory and health conditions. Not only do air purifiers help prevent these symptoms from starting, but it also improves the overall indoor air quality, making your home a healthier place to reside and keep allergies at bay.
Vacuuming is very important to stay away from dust mites, as well as if you have furry friends in your house. Just be sure to use a vacuum cleaner with an attached HEPA filter that will help purify the air as you clean.
Declutter Your Bedroom
Keep things simple to be able to breathe better. Cut back on extra accessories and fabric in your bedroom. The less upholstery in the room, the better is the quality. Move books, magazines, and decorative items to another room, maybe a study room or a book rack in your living room, so that you can dust less often. Don’t store things under your bed, so that it’s easier to clean thoroughly.
Mold doesn’t grow well in dry air. It’s important to maintain the humidity levels in your home. When the air in your home is too dry, it can further irritate your eyes, nose and throat, and exacerbate other allergy symptoms. On the other hand, the air that is too moist can lead to unwanted mould and mildew growth. A safe and healthy humidity level is between 30 and 50 per cent. Some air purifiers come with a humidity control mechanism as well.