Any traditional innerspring mattress is a haven for thousands of tiny dust mites. According to Environment, Health, and Safety Online, while these dust mites themselves are not dangerous, toxic, or parasitic, their excrement is. There is a protein in dust mite poop that is highly allergenic, and is what people are allergic to when they are allergic to “dust”. Additionally, materials in traditional mattresses can trap and hold allergens, such as pollen and pet dander. For those of us who suffer from allergies and asthma, just going to bed can become a dreaded experience of medication, tissues, and sneezing.
Memory foam mattresses, also known as “visco-elastic” mattresses, are a great alternative to the traditional innerspring beds. According to an article by Kurt Hardesty on Amazines.com, due to the way that memory foam is composed, it is not penetrable by dust mites. Basically, dust mites cannot live in memory foam. Additionally, many memory foam beds have removable covers, which trap pollen, dander, and those dust mites directly on the cover, to be washed out in your washing machine. If you have a high quality memory foam bed, such as Comforpedic, you may want to put a mattress protector over the existing cover, to further protect the mattress, as well as your health.
In addition to dust mites, pollen, and pet dander allergies, Comforpedic mattresses have no natural allergens in them, such as down or latex, to irritate the sleeper. They are also resistant to mold, mildew, and bacteria. Comforpedic mattresses are the most hypoallergenic mattress available.
Another option to consider when trying eliminating allergens in bedding is your pillow. Using a down or fiber pillow may be exacerbating your condition. These materials are attractive to dust mites, since they are next to your skin, and provide the warm, humid environment that they prefer. Think about changing out your regular pillows for memory foam pillows. In addition to being dust mite resistant, Kurt Hardesty comments that they don’t get lumpy or ball up, they maintain their shape, loft, and support.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, changing your bedding to Comforpedic memory foam may be a solution to better, sneeze free sleeping.