Sneezing, itching, and a runny nose from allergies can interrupt your night of sleep. Allergy symptoms come from your body’s reaction to a foreign substance. Reducing your exposure to these allergens may help to reduce allergy symptoms.
While it is important to reduce allergens throughout your entire home, your bedroom is a priority since you spend a lot of time there. Increased allergy symptoms can mean less or low-quality sleep. A lack of sleep or quality sleep is not the way you want to wake up each day. Below, we’ve listed ten tips to reduce allergens in your bedroom.
1. Switch to Allergen-Proof Bedding
Allergy symptoms may keep you up at night. Your bedding may be a potential cause as it can store many allergens in its fabric. Using allergen-proof bedding such as your pillowcases, mattress pads, covers, comforters, help to reduce the number of allergens you are sleeping with at night.
2. Keep Pets Out of the Bedroom
It can be hard to resist bringing your furry friends into the bedroom with you to cuddle. However, even if you’re not allergic to their dander itself, their fur can carry other allergens like dust and pollen into your bedroom. It is especially important to keep them off your bed as the fabrics can store any of the allergens that come off their fur and dander.
3. Maintain Proper Humidity Levels
Humidity levels on both ends of the spectrum can affect your allergy symptoms. If the air in your bedroom is too dry, it can further irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. On the other hand, high humidity levels encourage the growth of mold and mildew. According to research reported by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences on the Indirect health effects of relative humidity in indoor environments, “The indoor size of allergenic mite and fungal populations is directly dependent upon the relative humidity. Mite populations are minimized when the relative humidity is below 50% and reach a maximum size at 80% relative humidity. Most species of fungi cannot grow unless the relative humidity exceeds 60%.”
Depending on your circumstances, you can use a humidifier for dry air and dehumidifier for humid air. These machines will help the maintain a proper level of humidity in your bedroom.
4. Be Aware of Window Treatments
Blinds and heavier or dry-clean-only curtains can be dust catchers. If you use these types of window treatments, consider switching them out for washable curtains or roller shades instead. Once you have switched to washable window treatments, remember to regularly wash them in case of any trapped allergens.
In addition to your window treatments, be sure to wipe down the windows themselves. With their access to outdoor elements, windows may be prone to the growth of mold and mildew. Wiping windows down regularly will help to prevent growth.
5. Shower Before Bed
During the day your clothes and hair can attract many allergens. Taking a shower before bed and putting on a fresh pair of pajamas will help to rid your body of any lingering allergens and prevents them from getting into bed with you at night.
6. Regularly Clean
Allergens, like dust mites, can find their way into your bedroom quickly and build up. Cleaning regularly will not only help to reduce dust allergens, but other allergens that have made their way into your bedroom.
7. Picking the Right Flooring
If possible, ditch your carpeting for hard-surfaced flooring like tile, laminate, or hardwood flooring. Carpeting is prone to allergen build-up, even when regularly cleaned. If you prefer carpeting in your bedroom and can replace it, consider choosing the low-nap or low-pile kind, which hosts fewer allergens. If you cannot replace the carpeting in your bedroom at all, maintain carpets by vacuuming with a HEPA filter regularly, using spot treatments as needed, and deep cleaning by a professional carpet cleaning service, depending on foot traffic and use.
8. Keep Up with Laundry
Regularly wash clothing, bedding, curtains, rugs, and other fabrics to reduce allergens in the bedroom. Allergens collect on fabrics, build up in your room, inducing allergy symptoms.
9. Use an Air Purifier
Running an air purifier in your bedroom will help to filter out unwanted allergens, in addition to other indoor air pollutants. All TruSens air purifier models capture particulate matter as small as 0.3 microns. This allows them to capture the dust, pollen, mold spores, and other common airborne particulates. TruSens also offers a specialty Allergy & Flu filter that captures 99% of airborne allergens and viruses.
10. Close Windows
Close your bedroom windows during allergy seasons or times of high pollen or mold counts. Having your windows open during those times may allow allergens to make their way into your bedroom. Your efforts to control the allergens in your bedroom may go to waste if you are leaving outside-access windows open. Any dehumidifiers, humidifiers or air purifiers used in the bedroom will not function to the best of their ability, as they are often made to handle the space of one room. Their capabilities will depend on size, machine, and manufacturer.