Night-time allergies keeping you awake? Finding the right anti-allergy bedding can help you alleviate the symptoms and get a better night’s sleep. But did you know that different types of anti-allergy bedding work in different ways? We’ve put together this blog post to help you understand the differences and choose the best bedding for allergy sufferers.

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What is an allergy?

An allergy is your immune system’s response to a foreign substance coming in contact with your body or entering it. Anything that triggers an allergic reaction is called an allergen. These allergens may be present in your food, drinks, environment, or bedding. Allergies manifest as runny nose, watery and red eyes, itchy throat, or in severe cases vomiting, nausea, and shortness of breath.

The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be understated. Your body heals while you sleep, repairing everything from muscles to neurotransmitters. Your heart and other organs depend on sleep to rest and repair themselves. Sleep deficiency also correlates with an increased risk of obesity. Everyone needs a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, but what do you do if your allergies are keeping you from achieving the rest that is vital to your health and well-being?

You know that your allergies don’t turn off when you go to bed, whether you suffer from seasonal or household allergies. If you don’t want to start another morning sneezing, or you can’t stand to spend another night itching, there are ways you get more sleep with hypoallergenic bedding. By converting your bedding to hypoallergenic materials, you can remove allergens from your room and dramatically reduce their negative impact on your sleep.

What is Hypoallergenic Bedding?

Hypoallergenic bedding is made from materials that are resistant to these allergens. Cotton is naturally hypoallergenic and has the bonus of being easy to clean, making the removal of dust mites easy. Hypoallergenic bedding can greatly increase the quality of your sleep, helping to reduce congestion, sneezing and itching.

Thinking about how allergens make their way into your bed can be an unpleasant process, but it is important to understand when looking to remove them from your environment. Pollen, dust mites, bed bugs and mold are the most disagreeable of the allergens that can lead to a poor night’s sleep.

Allergy-inducing pollen can be ubiquitous in the spring, residing in our hair, on our clothing and floating through the air. While it can be difficult to eliminate pollen seasonally, there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from having to rest in it.

We all shed skin cells throughout the day, even when we sleep. Living on these cells, dust mites and their detritustend to collect in soft, porous environments, including our bedding. By changing the environment of your room with hypoallergenic bedding, you can greatly reduce your exposure to these pesky microbes.

Mold can have a negative impact on your allergies, but it can also be detrimental to your long-term health, with prolonged exposure possibly causing fever and difficulty breathing. Whether or not you have allergies, it is important to keep mold out of your environment as much as possible.

By knowing the source of your allergies, it is easier to know what parts of your bedding should be replaced, and what materials you should use for replacement. For people with severe environmental allergies, hypoallergenic bedding is a must-have for a good night’s sleep.

As well as being frustrating, allergy symptoms can also reduce the amount of quality sleep you get each night. Not to mention the fact that night-time coughing and sneezing can disturb your partner’s sleep too. While traditional advice is to take an antihistamine and avoid the trigger for your symptoms as much as possible, that’s not so easy at night. The average bed can harbour a variety of allergens, from dust mites to fungal spores.

Considering that we spend an average eight hours per night in bed, it’s no wonder that allergies flare up at night, disrupting our sleep.


Dust mites and fungal spores can trigger a variety of conditions and symptoms. If you suffer from any of the following conditions and find that you experience bad allergies at night, dust mites or fungal spores could be the cause:

  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nose)

If you don’t have any of these conditions, but you do find yourself waking in the night feeling snuffly or itchy, an allergic reaction to dust mites or fungal spores may be the problem. In particular, look out for the following nighttime allergy symptoms:

  • Itchy or runny eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Sneezing
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Tight chest
  • Sore throat

In addition, some groups of people are more likely to find that their allergies are triggered by dust mites or fungal spores. These include children, the elderly, and people who have a weakened immune system.

If you suddenly find yourself suffering from any of the symptoms above, it is always a good idea to get checked out by your doctor. However, if they find that nighttime allergies are the likely cause, it is worth looking into what helps allergies at night and different ways to improve your sleep environment.

Fortunately, hypoallergenic bedding can help you to sleep better and wake happier.


Mattresses are notoriously difficult to clean, and can harbor allergens that stir every time you toss and turn. A mattress cover provides a barrier between you and the allergens already residing in your bed. Bedding as simple as a slipcover made from hypoallergenic materials can help reduce your exposure. It is also possible to encase your box springs, creating a barrier between yourself and any possible allergens lurking in the most difficult to clean parts of your bedding. Look for a mattress cover that is easy to take on and off your mattress and that will not shrink with repeated washing and drying.

Rest Your Head in Hypoallergenic Comfort

As mentioned earlier, polyester and memory foam are anti-microbial materials that can be used in bedding. Consider replacing pillows filled with microfibre, which can harbor allergy-inducing dander!

Protect the Exterior of Your Bed With a Hypoallergenic Comforter

As with pillows, avoid down or feather duvets and comforters. This may mean moving the heirloom comforter to another bed in the house, but it does not mean you have to sacrifice comfort. Look for a comforter made from hypoallergenic material like microfibre and organic cotton.


While wool and silk are hypoallergenic and might be fine for a comforter, they are difficult to wash regularly and can therefore harbor dust mites, making them unsuitable materials for sheets for people with mite related allergies. They can also lead to an uncomfortable night’s sleep because of how little airflow is allowed by the fabric. Organic cotton is a fiber that is naturally hypoallergenic and convenient to wash and dry, easily withstanding the high heat needed to remove dust mites. If your skin is irritated by man-made fibers, natural organic cotton can offer a comfortable, chemical- and irritant-free alternative to synthetic fibers.

There are many measures you can take to improve the quality of your nightly sleep. Other tips for a better nights sleep include allergen reducing measures, such as:

  • Keeping all pets from the room you sleep in to reduce dander.
  • Showering nightly before bed to wash off any allergens you might be carrying from the day.
  • Washing sheets frequently, at least once a week, to remove allergens.
  • Reducing indoor humidity with a dehumidifier.

It is not impossible to have a good night’s sleep if you have allergies. There are many ways you get more sleep with hypoallergenic bedding. You may be surprised by how much comfort can be gained by taking these measures.

Cotton sheets are soft, breathable, and super comfortable. Bacteria can’t live and multiply on airy breathable surfaces. They need a damp and humid atmosphere to thrive.

These sheets are easy to care for. You can machine wash them in warm water unless mentioned otherwise in the care label. The high water temperature kills bacteria, germs, and allergens.

We use long-staple cotton in our percale weave sheets. The tight percale weave leaves no gaps in the fabric for germs, bacteria, dust mites and mold to grow. The tight weave also strengthens the fabric, making it durable and resistant to pilling.

With a 300 thread count, our percale cotton sheets feel super soft and breathable. Increased breathability reduces the chances of antimicrobial growth, making these sheets a good hypoallergenic option.

Waking up with frequent sneezing, runny nose, red, and watery eyes may leave you feeling sick and exhausted. It’s not a great way to begin your day. Apart from switching to hypoallergenic sheets, you can follow some of these tips to possibly alleviate allergic symptoms.

Wash Your Sheets Regularly

It’s best to wash your sheets at least once a week in hot water. The high temperature kills germs, dust mites and other microscopic organisms that trigger allergies. Most light-colored cotton sheets can be easily washed in hot water unless otherwise mentioned on the care label.

You can also keep some of your other bedding materials like duvets, comforters, and pillows out in the sun for about an hour, once a week. The heat and UV rays from the sun can kill bacteria and allergens breeding on your bedding materials.


There are many hypoallergenic sheet options available on the market today. To achieve the best sleep, look for hypoallergenic sheets that are soft, cool, and breathable. Excess heat causes sweating, and moisture and humidity promote allergen growth. If you have sensitive skin, choose smooth hypoallergenic sheets to reduce your chances of developing skin irritations or rashes.

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.

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