The Benefits of Allergy Proof Bedding

April 29, 2013 by  

Buying a new mattress is a big investment, and knowing where to go to find the best options for your health and for the planet—not to mention to get better sleep— is crucial. To help you get started in your search for a better sleep system let’s focus on allergies. More than 50 million Americans suffer from a variety of allergies that can trigger life threatening asthma attacks. If you are one of these people than you know your bed can be a toxic environment that robs you of getting better sleep. Generally speaking, allergies are triggered by one of two basic causes:

1) Mattress and Bedding ChemicalsI Love Better Sleep - Mattress Chemicals
Most conventional mattresses are made of petroleum-­based polyester, nylon, and polyurethane foam (all of which emit VOCs, especially when new) and are treated with flame-­retardant chemicals, such as boric acid, silicone, and phosphates. They can also be wrapped in barrier cloths made from flame-­resistant fibers, such as melamine and polyvinylidene chloride. Allergies to these chemicals can induce a stuffy nose, sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, blurry vision, rashes and fatigue.

2) Dust mites, Bed Bugs, Dander, and other Micro-particles
Dust mites are microscopic creatures, about 0.4 millimeters in length, that can be found in your mattress, pillow, and box spring. They feast on flakes of human skin, and their excrement contains a substance called DerP1, a very potent allergen. People who are allergic to dust mites may have asthma-­like symptoms, eczema, or chronic sinus problems.

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Allergy-Proofing for Your Kids

April 28, 2013 by  

An Allergen-Free Bed

Children should start their sleeping lives with a new mattress encased in allergen-impermeable coverings. These casings, as noted earlier, are efficient at blocking out dust mites and mold spores, but they are also breathable and water permeable. That means that if a child wets the bed, all bedding and encasings need to be washed and the mattress allowed to dry. To prevent the mattress from getting wet, you can put rubber pads on top of the mattress and its encasing.

I Love Better Sleep - Allergy CoverAs soon as you bring your baby home you should allergy-proof his/her nursery or bedroom. While such precautions won’t prevent future allergies in your child, the data suggests that they may prevent your child from developing asthma. Many baby mattresses are made with a vinyl cover. If your baby’s new mattress isn’t sealed in vinyl, encase it first in a plastic, waterproof covering before the baby ever sleeps on it.

Mold can grow underneath the plastic if there already is a habitat (such as moisture). Then, top the plastic or vinyl with a dust-mite-proof encasing. Replace mattresses if they start to smell or show signs of mold. Allergy-proofing also helps reduce dust mites throughout the entire house and helps create lifelong healthful cleaning habits.

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Mattresses Made for the Active Kid or College Student

April 24, 2013 by  

For young adults and teenagers who are constantly growing and on the move, sometimes a traditional mattress and boxspring set can be a hassle. Once they outgrow one mattress, and it comes time to upgrade to a new one, wouldn’t you rather not have to bother buying an accompanying boxspring? If you could just buy a mattress, you’d save time and money, and when your son or daughter inevitably leaves home and moves away, maybe to college, or into their first apartment, you’ll also have a much easier time moving their bed. These are all important to consider when shopping for your child’s mattress.

I Love Better Sleep - Dorm Mattress

More than just portable and practical, a lot of active-lifestyle mattresses can help your kid get better sleep and help keep him refreshed and ready for the day’s activities. Whether they’re participating in sports and athletics, studying for school, you can always count on them to be on the go. At college, they’ll certainly be ready to pass out by the end of the day, and we all know that the mattresses provided in dorm rooms can be less than comfortable. But with an active-lifestyle mattress, they can count on getting better sleep, and more often than not, better sleep can lead to better productivity, and better grades.

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