Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, a space to feel comfortable, calm, and relaxed. After all, you spend roughly one third of your life in your bedroom; ideally you’re sleeping 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night, and then add to that time spent dressing and undressing, watching TV, surfing the web, reading a book, or just chilling. Getting quality sleep is essential to maintaining your health and quality of life, but sometimes that can be a challenge when you’re an allergy sufferer! There aren’t many things more frustrating than not being able to sleep because you’re itching, wheezing, coughing, suffering from congestion, or have a runny nose!
The good news is you don’t have to continue to sleep (much less just try to breathe!) in misery. There may not be a simple cure for asthma or allergies, but there are some simple things you can do to remove allergens from your environment. The more allergens you can eliminate, the fewer symptoms you’ll have to deal with. And since you spend so much time in there, there really is no more strategic space to make an allergy-free zone than your bedroom.
What causes allergies?
- Irritants like pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander
- Poor air quality and ventilation
- High humidity
What are the common allergy symptoms?
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Red, itchy or watery eyes
- Coughing or shortness of breath
So, now that we’ve laid out some of the root causes and issues to consider, what can you do to allergy-proof your bedroom? Here are some great tips and strategies to follow:
Purify the Air
Purify the air by using an air purifier. An air purifier will improve your bedroom air quality by capturing impurities—like pet dander, dust and pollen—and then circulating clean air into your bedroom. Allergists recommend an air purifier with a HEPA filter (a multilayered filter that is airtight and can filter even ultra-fine particles). Look for products with an AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) Verifide certification. AHAM also recommends that the CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) of your air cleaner should be equal to at least two-thirds of the room’s area. And make sure to change your filters regularly!
If mold is an issue in your bedroom, monitor and control the humidity by using a dehumidifier. And even if mold isn’t an issue for you, you should be aware that dust mites like warm, moist environments, and dust mite waste is one of the most common allergens present inside the home. To prevent mold and reduce the multiplication of dust mites, it’s advised to try and maintain your home at a temperature between 68 F and 72 F, with a relative humidity no higher than 50%. A dehumidifier can certainly help with that, but you also want to ensure that your air conditioning system is working properly and that you’re also changing those filters regularly.
If your bedroom is carpeted, vacuum often – at least once a week. A vacuum with a HEPA-certified filter is ideal. Remember, a vacuum without an effective filtration system is little more than a dust blower!
Prevent dust build-up by keeping your bedroom clutter-free. This can also include limiting how many accessories are on dressers and nightstands that can collect dust.
Pet dander is another very common allergen. If you’re a pet owner and pet lover, by no means are we saying you have to get rid of your pets! We love our furry friends, too! But in order to minimize pet dander you may need to enforce an off-the-bed policy. If your allergies are severe, you might even consider a no-bedroom rule for your pets.
Depending on your region and climate, throwing open the doors and the windows once in a while can be a good thing. It allows fresh air to circulate throughout your house and helps usher out some of that stale air. If it’s high pollen season though, it might be best to leave the doors and windows shut and just let your home’s air filtration system do its work.
Succulents are another great option to consider for your bedroom because they offer a pollen-free way of decorating, and they’ll generate some fresh oxygen for you, too.
Allergists recommend that you protect your bedding by encasing your pillows, mattress, and box spring with zippered, hypoallergenic, dust-mite-proof covers. Be sure to wash your bed sheets, pillowcases, and blankets or duvet covers often (once a week is a good rule of thumb). You don’t have to wash other bedding as often, but you should make sure you’re cleaning it on a regular cadence.
Lastly, replace any down bedding with hypoallergenic materials, such as a good microfiber. Microfiber is known to be hypoallergenic and dust mite preventative. If you’re in the market for new bed sheets, check out the premium performance fiber Lux Collection from Jennifer Adams. Found in 5-star luxury hotels and resorts, and with over a million sold worldwide, these Lux Collection sheets are unparalleled in terms of softness, comfort, ease of care, and allergy-friendly performance. The Lux Collection from Jennifer Adams also includes duvet covers, coverlets and blankets, and other bedding too.
Follow these tips, and you’re sure to breathe a little easier and sleep much better in no time!