Allergy sufferers have a particularly tough time sleeping during spring. But it’s not just blooming flowers that cause itching and sneezing to disturb your sleep.
If you wake up in the morning with a stuffy nose or regularly experience restless sleep that could be due to dust, hypoallergenic sheets might be your saviour.
What are hypoallergenic sheets?
Hypoallergenic fabric resists the common causes of allergic reactions:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Mould particles
- Dead skin
Pollen is a ubiquitous nuisance in spring, but your bedroom invites other allergens year-round. Hypoallergenic sheets can be the answer to a comfortable night of sleep in these situations.
What makes a fabric hypoallergenic?
Mould, bacteria and mites thrive in warm, moist conditions. Hypoallergenic sheets are breathable and cool, creating an unwelcoming environment for allergens.
So far, however, we have only touched on natural allergens. For example, chemicals used to manufacture and dye fabric can irritate sensitive skin. Harsh detergents, fabric softener, bleach and other cleaning chemicals can also trigger irritations.
If you are waking up stuffy, sleeping poorly or experiencing irritation in your bed, a good place to start is replacing your old bedding with OEKO-certified hypoallergenic, good quality sheets.
The best fabric for hypoallergenic bed sheets
Natural fibres are far more effective at repelling dust mites and allergens. Bamboo, wool, organic cotton and silk are naturally hypoallergenic, provided the yarns come from organic sources.
However, cotton blends and non-organic cotton will not convey the same hypoallergenic benefits. Wool and silk, although naturally hypoallergenic, are also naturally limited to winter and summer, respectively.
Bamboo is the best all-rounder for comfort, quality sleep and alleviating allergies.
Bamboo fibres are naturally breathable and superb at wicking moisture. Although 100% organic bamboo sheets are soft like silk, air pockets in the fabric help regulate body temperature.
The result is a naturally hypoallergenic fabric that repels dust mites and allergens while being easy to clean and comfortable all year round.