Allergy season is approaching, and there’s no better time than now to ensure your bedroom is prepared! Allergies can cause a runny nose, itchy eyes, a sore throat and general discomfort, as well as making falling asleep more difficult. If you’re prone to hayfever, allergic to dustmites or suffer from asthma, or if you have children, there are lots of steps you can take to ensure both yours and their bedrooms are allergy-free. Here are top five tips for an allergy-free bedroom:
1. Vacuum regularly
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to vacuum your bedroom regularly to rid your carpet or flooring of harmful dust. Carpets, especially ones that have been there for a few years and long-pile carpets, are a haven for dust mites. Even wood or laminate floors can accumulate dust in no time at all, so be sure to vacuum twice a week, ensuring you get into all the corners and under the bed too.
2. De-clutter & dust down surfaces
It can be all too easy to leave dirty clothes pile up on the floor, as well as toys, books and more. Get into a routine of picking up anything on the floor each morning and putting it away, and sweep up any dust that may have accumulated underneath. Bedside lockers, windowsills and en-suite bathrooms tend to accumulate dust very quickly, so be sure to wipe down these surfaces regularly and use an antibacterial surface spray to cleanse them. Even if your child loves to sleep with all of their stuffed animals, they are a haven for dustmites, so ask your child to choose just one for sleeping with and wash them regularly. Keep the others in a toybox or on a shelf.
3. Keep pets out
It can be tempting to let your pet sleep in your bedroom, be it on the floor or in the bed with you! Dogs and cats can carry tiny dust mites as well as fleas and tics, not to mention that they often shed a lot of hair. Create a comfortable area for them to sleep downstairs or outside, so they’re not tempted to join you!
4. Let the air in
Bacteria that builds up overnight as your sleep needs to go somewhere, so be sure to open your windows to air the room in the morning. If the pollen count is high though, be sure to close them again to prevent pollen spores from coming back into the house. If you’re particularly sensitive to pollen, consider investing in a dehumidifier or air purifier instead.
5. Invest in anti-allergy bedding
Changing your bedding regularly and ensuring that it is anti-allergy is an ideal way to protect yourself from allergens. Check out our range of anti-allergy bedding made using Aegis ® Microbe Shield ™, which gives proven antimicrobial protection from odour-causing bacteria, mould, mildew and fungus while still offering intense levels of comfort and support while you sleep.