Can Hypoallergenic Sheets Improve Sleep Quality?

Can Hypoallergenic Sheets Improve Sleep Quality?

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
  • Pollen
  • 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.

Additional ways to banish allergies for a better sleep

Hypoallergenic Bamboo sheets will go a long way to improving the comfort and quality of your sleep.

However, creating a comfortable and hygienic bedroom environment goes beyond your bedding choices.

Hypoallergenic bedroom furniture

Materials like hemp, cork, bamboo and natural wool make for sustainable furniture. So as well as your replacing your bedding, look for other soft furnishings that could harbour allergens.

Choose OEKO-TEX® certified fabric

Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a global certification that guarantees a product contains no harmful chemicals. However, OEKO-TEX® and organic are not the same.

To ensure your bedding is free from chemicals that can cause a reaction, read up on the importance of choosing OEKO-TEX® certified fabric.

Use an air filter

An effective way to stop allergens from taking over your home is to turn them away at the door. Air conditioning, fans and open windows bring in dust and microscopic particles that settle on surfaces and clothing.

Check whether your air conditioner has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. If not, consider investing in an air filter to improve the comfort of your home.

Keep pets off the bed

As much as we love their company, pets bring dust, dirt and dander (dead skin cells) into the bedroom.

Even with hypoallergenic sheets, it’s best to keep pets off the bed day and night. It might be hard at first, but we guarantee you will get a better night’s sleep.

Maintain a clean bedroom environment

Caring for bamboo sheets can keep them naturally hypoallergenic, buttery soft and breathable for many years. Treat the rest of your bedroom with the same care, and you will sleep in allergy-free comfort night after night.

  • Vacuum regularly (at least once a week)
  • Dust shelves, lamps and flat surfaces
  • Wash pyjamas often
  • Invest in a hypoallergenic memory foam mattress and pillows

A little attention to detail goes a long way to creating a comfortable sleep sanctuary.

Shower before bed

Is it better to shower before bed or in the morning? Whether a warm shower helps you fall asleep faster is personal, but one universal benefit is going to bed clean.

Showering removes dirt, dust and dead skin, so you aren’t taking any of those allergens to bed with you.

How to choose hypoallergenic sheets

Bamboo sheets are the best option for a hypoallergenic sheet you can use in any season. As well as being naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, bamboo is incredibly soft and comfortable in all seasons.

OLARA bamboo bedding is Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified, using naturally derived dyes and containing no harmful chemicals.

Browse the range to get the best night’s sleep, naturally.
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