Things you didn’t know about bedroom allergens

Things you didn’t know about bedroom allergens

We spend around 33% of our time in our bedrooms. What you may not realise, however, is that our bedrooms are full of allergens.

Here are some of the top allergens you may find in your bedroom:

Dust mites

Dust mites are the cause of millions of Brits suffering from allergic reactions. As you may have guessed, they feed on dust, which is mostly made up from dead human skin that has been shed from the body.

Dust mites are found largely in the bedroom, especially in soft furnishings such as blankets, throws, cushions and carpets.

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Bed bugs

People often confuse bed bugs for dust mites, although they are different things.

If you find that you have unexplained rashes or itchy bumps on your skin, you may have a bed bug infestation.

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Mould

Mould is not something you might expect to find in a bedroom, however mould spores can lead to allergic reactions.

If the air in your bedroom is high in humidity, this may cause mould as it thrives in damp, musty conditions.


Animal dander

Animal dander is a bit like dandruff, only far harder to see. It comprises of materials shed from our pets, such as dead skin cells.

If you let your pets sleep on your bed, your bed will become infested with animal dander, which may lead to allergic reactions.


Top Tips for avoiding bedroom allergens

  • De-clutter your room. Limit soft furnishings such as carpets, blankets, bed spreads and cushions.
  • Clean, clean, clean! Dusting, vacuuming and steam cleaning your room is a great way to avoid allergens. Wash your bedding frequently, and clean mould and dry condensation away from your windows. Click here to view our range of steam cleaners.

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  • Anti-allergy bedding, such as Allersafe, is an effective way to reduce allergens in your bed. Click here to view our range of Allersafe anti-allergy bedding. You can also discover what anti-allergy bedding is right for you in this article.

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  • Instead of letting your pets sleep on your bed, invest in an anti-allergy bed where he or she can sleep outside of your room. Close your bedroom door when you’re not in there to avoid your pet spending time in there.
  • Ventilate your room. By allowing fresh air into your room, you will limit the threat of mould and other allergens developing in your bedroom.

For more information and advice about allergies and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic

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