A hypoallergenic pillow is a huge help to any person who suffers from allergies. Many people are allergic to the materials that are used for pillow stuffing. This includes materials such as goose feather and others that, while incredibly soft, can make trying to get a good night's sleep impossible for anyone with these reactions. Instead of having to suffer from inadequate material or sneezing fits, you can now find many products that are made with these allergies in mind that are just as comfortable without the sneezing.
A hypoallergenic pillow is the answer to these troubles. These products are stuffed with polyester fill that is formed to feel just like down. This means you won't have any reactions, but will still have all the great comfort that comes with a nice feather pillow. More important than simply avoiding the wrong filling, these products come with a variety of barriers to keep other allergens from collecting inside your pillow.
Obviously, this is the worst place for allergens to be. They are right next to your nose and you end up inhaling them all night. Suffice it to say, you will not be well rested the following morning. By using a product with a barrier built into the outside fabric you can prevent outside dust mites and other allergens from ending up there in the first place. This, however, won't turn your pillow into a ball. Instead, you'll get the same great comfort without any of the annoyances.
Many people with allergies may be particularly sensitive to the materials found in most pillows. This commonly includes dust mites, animal dander and down. The extremely close proximity of pillows to our nose, throats and ears, along with the prolonged duration of contact with them during the night makes pillows one of the top allergy provoking items in the bedroom. Common allergy symptoms may include itchy or watery eyes, dry or sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing or coughing. Waking during the night or even in the morning with any of these symptoms may indicate that the pillow should be changed or replaced. One of the firsts steps to creating an allergy free bedroom is to replace the allergy provoking pillow with a hypoallergenic pillow.
For a six year old pillow, approximately 10-25% of its weight can actually be from dust mites, dead mites and mite excrement. Hypoallergenic fabric blends actually prevent dust mites and other allergens from penetrating the material, which helps significantly in decreasing the symptoms of allergic reactions. Several types of fabrics used to make hypoallergenic pillows include cotton blends, polyester, nylon or spandex. And alternative types of pillow fill material can include synthetic down or polystyrene microbeads.
Common Causes of Pillow Allergies:
- Dust Mites
- Animal Dander
Several ways to cut down on allergens in the bedroom are to not keep pets on the bed, keeping the windows closed, or the use of air purifiers. But sometimes these strategies are not feasible, and even so it is still possible for outside allergens to enter the bedroom and fester in the pillows. The definition of hypoallergenic is to have a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction. So although it is never possible to guarantee a %100 eradication of all allergic symptoms, the use of a hypoallergenic pillow is a simple yet effective way to counter these allergy causing agents and decrease the sleep disturbing symptoms.
All of our specialty microbead pillows are made with a blend of nylon and spandex, with a soft filling of polystyrene microbeads. This hypoallergenic combination that will help ensure a decrease in allergic reactions during the night, and thus providing a more healthy restorative sleep.