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The Connection between Allergies, Asthma, and Choosing the Right Pillow

by Team Elviros on Jul 09, 2024

If you suffer from allergies and asthma throughout the course of your waking hours, the last thing you want to do is lie down for peaceful slumber and have your symptoms aggravated by the material you sleep on. That is why it’s paramount to choose the right pillow and bedding to help you achieve the best sleep possible.
This article will explore the connection between sleep quality and alleviating symptoms of common allergies and asthma, as well as offer some helpful suggestions when you’re shopping for quality, environment-friendly pillows.

Common Allergies

  1. Dust Mites
“Nighty-night! Don’t let the bedbugs bite.”
This is a silly sentiment you may hear in children’s bedrooms across the world at bedtime. But behind the playfulness is a more sinister meaning. Even if you don’t deal with pesky bedbugs that can be extremely difficult to get rid of, you may be entertaining dust mites, which exist on a delectable diet of your own skin cells and moisture in the surrounding environment. Gross, but true!
According to the Mayo Clinic, dust mites most commonly live on bedding, upholstered furniture, and in carpets. These microscopic creatures can create a surprisingly large amount of chaos for someone prone to allergies. Dust mites can cause year-round sneezing and runny noses. Dust mites can also exacerbate asthma suffering; creating wheezing, trouble breathing, and restless sleep.
Symptoms that you may be dealing with dust mites include:
  • Runny nose
  • Waking with an itchy or scratchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Cold-like symptoms that don’t dissipate after a week or two
It’s important to prevent dust mites from creating a cozy home on your bedding and pillows, which is why you should consider choosing the proper materials, such as memory-foam, that are dust mite-repellant.
  1. Mold
Other disgusting culprits that can aggravate your allergies are mold spores. Mold can make its home on your pillows and bedding through pets, your clothing, or coming through open windows. And because cotton and polyester are both porous materials, it can be hard to get rid of the mold once it’s there.
  1. Bacteria
Bacteria can easily hitchhike a ride to your pillow through your skin. It accumulates over time, feeding into allergies and aggravating asthma symptoms.
With the host of possible, microscopic issues that could live on your pillow such as dust mites, mold, or bacteria, it’s a wonder you can even lay your head down to sleep at night!
Luckily, the pillow market has a plethora of great options to help you get a comfortable night of sleep while keeping your allergies at bay. Companies such as Elviros are committed to creating the highest quality sleep products that are allergen-repellant. Introducing the hypoallergenic pillow.

Why Choose Hypoallergenic Material?

While it’s convenient to pick up a cotton or polyester pillow at the nearest big-box store, this may not always be the best choice for a great night of sleep, especially if you are someone prone to allergies or asthma.
Enter hypoallergenic material. Why is this important? Hypoallergenic materials resist dust mites, unlike the cotton and polyester varieties, which tend to say, “Welcome home, friends.” In fact, cotton can hang onto pollen, allergens, and bacteria until you wash it, meaning you’d need to wash your pillow every night to make certain you aren’t harboring those harmful, microscopic germs. Of course, that’s not very practical, plus it’s incredibly time-consuming.
Hypoallergenic pillows and other bedding can help reduce your irritation to dust mites and other allergens. When you get a better night of sleep, you wake up ready to conquer the day ahead.

How to Choose the Right Pillow for You

When you’re choosing a pillow that you will spend around 8 hours a night resting on, you want to make the best choice for your unique body and sleeptime needs. There are three factors to consider when shopping for a pillow that helps you control your allergies: choosing a hypoallergenic option, your desired comfort level, and using safer chemicals / sustainable materials.
Let’s take a closer look at each one of these factors and explore some possible pillow options that may suit your needs.
  1. Hypoallergenic Pillows
We’ve already explored why hypoallergenic pillows are especially important for allergy sufferers and those with asthma: Hypoallergenic materials repel and discourage dust mites, mold, and other bacteria from creating a home-sweet-home where you lay your head at night.
The Elviros S9 Adjustable Orthopedic Contour Memory Foam Pillow is a wonderful option for allergy and asthma sufferers as it is made of non-toxic materials and is hypoallergenic. It also comes with two memory foam inserts; the blue insert creates a softer pillow and the yellow insert creates a firmer pillow. Customers love that this pillow seems especially well-suited for side sleepers.
  1. Comfort Level
Let’s be real: You’re less likely to continue using a pillow that you find uncomfortable to sleep on. If you value comfort, the S8 FlutterShape Cervical Memory Foam Pillow may be a great choice for you. Elviros designed two different versions of this pillow, so you can order the firm version if you’re looking for extra neck support or the soft version if you prefer a more cozy pillow.
  1. Safer Chemicals and Sustainability
There’s nothing worse than laying your head on a stinky pillow. Elviros pillows, such as the InnerReinforce FlutterShape Pillow, are made of odorless, CertiPUR-US Safe memory foam and are OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified, meaning these pillows offer a safer sleep environment for allergy and asthma sufferers. By ensuring the absence of harmful chemicals, these pillows reduce the risk of irritants that could trigger symptoms, helping you breathe easier and sleep better. You can rest easy knowing you’re sleeping on a pillow that was created with your best health in mind.
Your allergies don't stand a chance against a pillow that's as comfy as a cloud and as hypoallergenic as a unicorn's mane. That's the kind of dreamy slumber you deserve, and it's just a click away at elviros.com. Say goodbye to sleepless nights and hello to mornings where you wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to conquer the world. It's time to give your pillow game a serious upgrade and enjoy a blissful sleep experience like never before!

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