Anti-Allergy Bedding Buying Guide

Anti-Allergy Bedding Buying Guide

Why do I need Anti-Allergy bedding?

Your bed could be home to over 10 million dust mites; potent triggers of conditions such as asthma, eczema and other respiratory conditions. These unwelcome guests can bring on allergy symptoms making for a very unpleasant, and often disturbed, night’s sleep. Household insecticides have no effect on dust mites, your best course of action is to make your bed inhospitable to them. You can do this by purchasing anti-allergy bedding, or by encasing your existing bedding in specialist anti-allergy encasements. You could also consider purchasing an anti-allergy mattress.

What am I allergic to?

Although we use the term “dust mite allergy”, the mite itself is not what you are allergic to. Instead it is the faeces that the dust mite leaves behind. Their faeces contain proteins which can produce negative reactions in people, including sneezing, coughing, itching, wheezing and streaming eyes. Dust mites do not bite, cannot spread diseases, and do not live on people. They are only harmful to those who develop an allergy to them. Dustmites are microscopic in size so it is easy to assume your bed is mite-free.

What’s the difference between non-allergenic, hypoallergenic and anti-allergy?

  • Non-allergenic means that the item itself shouldn’t cause an allergic reaction, but triggers such as dust mites may still be present.
  • Hypoallergenic means that there is a decreased chance of allergic reaction
  • Anti-allergy means the item is intended to prevent or minimise an allergic reaction.

Do I need new bedding?

To fight dust mites, your best option is to replace your bedding with specialist anti-allergy bedding. Anti-allergy bedding can either contain an active ingredient to denature dust mites, or have a special casing that dust mites cannot penetrate. If your existing bedding isn’t anti-allergy and you’re reluctant to replace it, you can improve its allergy protection by using anti-allergy encasements. These encasements fit over your existing pillow, duvet and mattress and trap allergens inside.

What do I need to make my bed allergy friendly?

It’s important to make your whole bed an allergy friendly haven. This may involve replacing your pillows, duvet, sheets and mattress or purchasing specialist encasements to improve the anti-allergy effectiveness of your existing bedding.

Pillows & Duvets for allergy sufferers

Anti-allergy pillows and duvets can be split into two groups, those that contain an active ingredient to denature dust mites and those made with a casing impenetrable to dust mites. Both options will offer a good level of protection and will stop the growth of dust mites in your pillow and duvet. Furthermore, some pillow and duvet fillings, such as wool and silk, are naturally resistant to dust mites. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to keep your existing pillow and duvet, you can purchase anti-allergy encasements; these will fully encase your pillow and duvet trapping allergens inside.

Bed Linen for allergy sufferers

When purchasing bed sheets it’s best to choose something that offers specialist anti-allergy protection, these sheets will contain an active ingredient to denature dust mites or will be made from something naturally resistant to dust mites such as silk. Alternatively choose sheets that can be washed regularly at 60oC, this is the temperature needed to kill dust mites, or use a laundry additive such as Fabri-Cleanse to remove allergens at lower temperatures.

Mattress Protection for allergy sufferers

You can protect yourself from the allergens in your mattress by using an anti-allergy mattress protector or mattress encasement. An anti-allergy mattress protector will contain an anti-allergy agent to protect you from dust mites in the top layer of your mattress. For better protection an anti-allergy mattress encasement will fully encase your mattress, stopping allergens from exiting or entering any part of your mattress. The majority of mattress encasements are made from a fabric impenetrable to dust mites and other allergens. Anti-Allergy Pillow Protectors and Pillow Encasements are also available.

Mattresses for allergy sufferers

Brands including Sealy and Healthbeds have started to produce hypo-allergenic mattresses. Similarly to anti-allergy bedding, your new mattress will have been treated with an agent to denature dust mites. If you’re considering purchasing a new mattress, choosing an anti-allergy option will stop the growth of dust mites in the first place.

Can Anti-Allergy bedding make my bed more eczema friendly?

When choosing bedding for eczema sufferers, it is very important that it is highly breathable bedding. Bedding that creates a cleaner, drier and smoother environment, will ease irritation on your skin, creating a better night’s sleep. For example our DermaTherapy bedding is made from a tightly woven fabric which creates a smoother layer that will pull less and cause less friction on skin. It is also highly breathable and will draw moisture from the skin.

Dunlopillo Voted Which? Best Pillow

Dunlopillo Voted Which? Best Pillow

Dunlopillo has been rated by Which? members as the Best Pillow Brand for 2017!

Consumer body Which? surveyed over 5,000 of its subscribers in April 2017. Brands were awarded based on customer satisfaction and product recommendation. Dunlopillo received the title of Best Pillow Brand 2017 with a score of 77%.  It achieved an impressive five out of five stars in ‘comfort’ and ‘matched product description’ categories.

Dunlopillo is one of the best known bedding brands in the world. They are the leading manufacturer of latex mattresses and pillows. They use natural sustainable sourced latex that enables pillows and mattresses to retain their shape and remain durable for years to come. The Actipro™ technology used in their fabric provides natural protection against common allergens, dust mites and odours ensuring a clean, fresh and healthy sleeping environment.

On receiving the award Dunlopillo Brand Director David Wescomb commented:

“Our Signature Collection pillows have anti-allergenic properties and are the blueprint for comfort, support and durability. The perfect combination for a good night’s sleep. We’re extremely proud to be named Best Pillow Brand 2017 by trustworthy Which? members. It gives our customers that extra confidence they’re investing in a top quality pillow from a top rated brand”.

You can find our full range of Dunlopillo pillows here.

We have a large variety of pillows from Dunlopillo from anti-allergy to firm and medium support. But how do you know which type of Dunlopillo pillow is best for you?

Here at SlumberSlumber we have put together a handy guide to help you know which pillow suits your individual needs.

Which Dunlopillo Pillow is best for you?

 Side Sleeper

If you are a side sleeper you will require extra firm support whilst sleeping.

The Dunlopillo Super Comfort Latex Pillow  is a luxury latex pillow that moulds to your shape, offering deep, firm support for the head and neck. This pillow provides instant pressure relief and helps you maintain a perfect sleeping posture. Made with superior latex these pillows will retain their shape over time, offering you support for your neck and spine.

The Dunlopillo Super Comfort Latex Pillow is incredibly firm, offers excellent durability and comes complete with a cotton and polyester cover. We also recommend this pillow if you toss and turn during the night or find yourself sleeping on both your side and back.

Back/Front Sleeper

 If you sleep on your back or front you will require gentle support for your head and neck:

The Dunlopillo Serenity Deluxe Latex Pillow  is a luxury latex pillow that offers shallow gentle support for the head and neck. This pillow provides instant pressure relief with its unique ‘pincore’ construction. The feature of tiny inter-connecting air cells provide a built-in ventilation system which means the Dunlopillo latex pillows stays cool and fresh throughout the night. Made with Dunlopillo Latex, unlike memory foam this superior latex has instant bounce back.

The Dunlopillo Serenity Deluxe Latex Pillow offers comfort and support to those who sleep on their front or back and comes complete with a washable cotton and polyester cover.

Allergen Free

The Dunlopillo Anti-Allergy Latex Pillow features a 100% cotton fibre cover with anti-allergy technologies allowing you to achieve the ultimate healthy, well rested night’s sleep. The pillow and cover are hypo-allergenic making this pillow the ideal solution for allergy suffers.

Learn more about the benefits and variety of ranges from the award winning Dunlopillo pillows in this short video below:

 

How to Choose the Perfect Pillow & Duvet

How to Choose the Perfect Pillow & Duvet

One of the first things to consider when buying a pillow or duvet is which filling to choose. In order to find a filling to suit your needs, there are four areas to consider;

Allergies

Allergies are widespread and affect approximately one in four of the population in the UK at some time in their lives. Each year the numbers are increasing by 5% with as many as half of all those affected being children. One of the main causes of allergies including asthma, eczema and rhinitis, is the dust mite. House dust mites love warm, cosy areas and for them, just like us, a toasty duvet is an inviting retreat.

  • If you are allergic to dust mites, choose a duvet and pillow that can be washed easily at 60 degrees centigrade, the temperature that kills dust mites. The Fine Bedding Company Spundown range is designed to fit into a domestic washing machine and can be washed at 60 degrees centigrade.
  • Alternatively, Allersafe Anti Allergy Bedding is a fantastic range that creates an environment where dust mites can not live or breed, this range can be washed at 40 degrees centigrade
  • SlumberSlumber.com shows washability temperatures and non-allergenic properties on each product details page to help you choose the right pillow and duvet.

Washability & Care

The second key buying decision to consider is how often do you want to wash your duvet or pillow?

Synthetic

  • Most synthetic pillows and duvets can be washed in a large capacity washing machine.
  • There are a wide range of synthetic duvets and pillows on the market and their quality varies enormously. SlumberSlumber.com offers a range of synthetic duvets and pillows which are of the highest quality as we aim to ensure that the wash performance of the products we sell, is second to none. Poor quality duvets will not wash well and will quickly become lumpy.
  • The Fine Bedding Company Spundown duvet can be washed at 60 degrees centigrade. The remarkably fine filling compresses easily, ensuring that unlike other duvets all sizes fit into a domestic washing machine.
  • Remember to always follow the care label that is sewn into any bedding product.

Natural

  • Natural duvets and pillows should be washed with extreme care.
  • Specialist cleaning for natural duvets and pillows is highly recommended.
  • It is essential that natural duvets be thoroughly dried. Even though a duvet may feel dry to the touch, often moisture remains within and if the duvet is not dried thoroughly then rotting can occur.
  • Always follow the care label that is sewn into any bedding product.

Breathability

A breathable product will allow moisture to be absorbed and dispersed. This will ensure that you stay comfortable throughout the night and don’t wake up as a result of being too hot or too cold. The breathability of a product is dependent upon the cover fabric and the filling that the product is made from.

Cover Fabric

  • A natural cover fabric such as cotton will have far better breathability than a man made fibre such as polyester.

Filling

  • Duvets and pillows containing natural fillings are more breathable than those which contain synthetic fillings as natural fillings possess the ability to absorb and disperse excess moisture. They can be filled with feather and/or down or other natural fibres such as silk and cotton.

Durability

Durability relates to duvets (not pillows) and is a measure of tog retention not wear and tear.

Materials Type Life expectency Benefits
Naturals Down 20 years Excellent life expectancy
Feather Blends 10 years The lower the count, the less time the product will last
Synthetic High Quality 5-10 years Vary depending on the quality
Medium Quality 3-5 years Highest quality is silicone coated – soft and lustrous
Low Quality 6 months – 2 years High quality filling will not matt with friction and compression

Pillows

Choosing the right pillow is important. The best pillow is the one that gives you the perfect combination of comfort and support. There are two key questions you should ask yourself to determine which pillow would be right for you:

Q. What level of support do I need: Soft, medium or firm?

If you are not sure about this, consider which position you normally sleep in;

  • For those who sleep on their back, a medium-firm pillow is best.
  • If you sleep on your side, choose a firm style that supports the neck.
  • Front sleepers, a soft pillow will provide cushioning and comfort.
  • If you suffer from neck problems, a memory foam pillow is perfect as they mould to the shape of the head and neck, relieving pressure on the area.

Q. What type of filling do you prefer, natural or synthetic?

Natural Pillows:

  • Down is the softest and finest pillow filling and offers soft-medium support.
  • Adding feather to the pillow adds more support.

Synthetic Pillows:

  • The majority of pillows available from SlumberSlumber.com are filled with polyester clusters or microfibre that can be easily re-plumped and moulds to the shape of your head.
  • Synthetic pillows can be washed in a domestic machine up to 60 degrees centigrade.

For more information on our products visit our full range of Pillows and Duvets.

All You Need To Know About Wool Bedding

All You Need To Know About Wool Bedding

Wool bedding has many unique features, making it an exceptional choice for your bedroom.

Temperature Regulating Effects

First of all wool fibres naturally regulate your body temperature keeping you at your optimum temperature throughout the night. The bedding will continue to work in this way despite changing seasons, warm in winter and cool in summer. As a result, wool is an ideal option for couples who can’t agree on the warmth of a traditional tog rated duvet because wool will regulate your temperature separately.

Hypo-Allergenic

Wool has a natural resistance to dust mites, therefore it is asthma and allergy friendly.

Moisture-Wicking

Part of wool’s breathability comes from its power to draw moisture away from the skin and release it through evaporation. As a result, this offers a more refreshing nights sleep on those warmer nights and prevents dampness.

Types of Wool

  • Alpaca
    Depending on how it’s spun organic Alpaca wool can be light or heavy in weight. It is a durable, soft, luxurious natural fibre. It is similar to sheep wool but is warmer, not as itchy and does not contain lanolin which makes it hypoallergenic.
  • Cashmere
    Cashmere wool comes from goats in the Kashmir region of South East Asia. It is a labour intensive wool with each Kashmir goat only capable of producing 4-6 ounces of wool fibre per year. Made without high temperatures or harsh chemicals and works as a natural insulator. Cashmere can keep you up to 8 times warmer than sheep’s wool.
  • Sheep
    Sheep’s wool is a natural insulator. It is a renewable fibre source that is biodegradable and incredibly breathable. It is odour resistant and is naturally hypoallergenic. Above all, sheep’s wool has been a staple for centuries and is the most common wool used in manufacturing.

Ethical, Sustainable and Locally Sourced

We source our wool products from UK based manufactures that nurture traditional handcrafted methods of creating high-quality wool bedding. The fibres they use are natural, renewable materials from sustainable farms in Britain, hand sewn in their workshops and finished to a high standard. Alpaca Wool is one of the most ethical products available as Alpacas are not killed for their fur or meat. Sheep and alpaca wool is also naturally biodegradable and can be used in composting 1 , unlike many synthetic materials that take a long time to break down. Therefore this makes wool the perfect choice if you have concerns about the ethical treatment of animals, the sustainability of our planet and the importance of using locally sourced materials.

Duvet Weight

Wool duvets are generally a lighter choice, this is because wool is measured in GSM (grams per square meter), not by tog. Due to wool’s temperature regulating features it can be used throughout the year, therefore wool is an incredibly versatile material.

Take a look at some wool duvets we have on offer below;

Shop the full range of SlumberSlumber by Penrose wool bedding

Wool Month

We love wool so much that we celebrate it every October during our Wool Month event. This coincides with the global Campaign for Wool Week that is initiated by its patron HRH Price of Wales and has been running every year since 2010.

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Best pillows for back and neck pain

Best pillows for back and neck pain

If you suffer from back or neck pain, it’s important to look at your pillows. Depending on the position you sleep in and the type of pillow you are currently using, a change of pillow might make the difference when it comes to alleviating your back or neck pain.

Firstly, ask yourself how old is my pillow? If a pillow is more than six months old, you might need to change it, as it could be the cause of your neck or back pain. Have a read of How to choose the right pillow to discover how you can test your pillow to see whether it needs changing.

What are the best pillows for back pain?

If you suffer from back pain, one option you may want to consider is an orthopaedic pillow. Orthopaedic pillows exist in several different shapes and materials. Some promise to keep their shape or mould and adjust to your head and shoulders, always keeping spine alignment as the number one focus. Bear in mind, though, that just because a pillow is orthopaedic, doesn’t mean it will be good or right for you. If you’re in any doubt about buying an orthopaedic pillow, it could be a good idea to consult a physiotherapist for further advice on which orthopaedic pillow is perfect for you. Click here to discover our range of orthopaedic pillows.

Another option to consider is a full body pillow. A long, curved pillow for total body support that cradles head, neck, shoulders, back, lower back, legs and knees. It replaces other pillows and gives full comfort to the side sleeper.

What are the best pillows for neck pain?

If you suffer from neck pain, you might want to consider a contour pillow. A pillow with a curved design that adapts to head, neck and shoulder contour for back sleepers and side sleepers, and can help relieve neck pain and stiffness, frozen shoulder and headaches. Try to buy one that has a flat bit at the back so it doesn’t force your neck too far forwards. Click here to view our range of contour pillows.

What to do about neck pain while travelling

If you spend a lot of time travelling, it might be worth investing in a travel pillow. These pillows are horseshoe shaped, designed for the neck contour. They are called travel pillows since they are mostly used by travellers to keep their neck straight while they take a comfortable nap on board or train or plane. Click here to view our range of travel pillows.

Another approach you can take to alleviate neck pain is to make a ‘butterfly’ pillow. This is very simple and easy and something you can do yourself.

How to make a butterfly pillow

Tie a soft scarf, hair band, string, elastic or bandage around the middle of the pillow to make it form a butterfly shape. Put your head on the narrowed part of the pillow and tuck the edges around you.

View our full selection of pillows here

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