At Resthouse we advocate for a healthy clean sleep space. Where is the best place to start? How about your pillow? If you consider the fact that a third of your life is spent sleeping, and that time is spent with your face in a pillow, getting it healthy is the right thing to do. Right now, a large portion of the public sleeps on a poly-fill or down pillow, which is problematic in two major ways: dust mites and bacteria.
Dust mites love bedding. It’s a happy home to the little pests, and because they do not bite, they often go unseen. Dust mites eat the skin cells that we shed and then leave droppings behind, which is where the real health issues lie. Dust mite feces are thought to feed fungus that grows in your pillow and bedding. Researchers have found up to 16 different fungi in the pillows they tested. One study stated that “one in five people has a respiratory disease, and these fungi might pose a significant risk for people with asthma and patients with immune suppression”. Experts estimate that 10% of people are allergic to dust mite proteins, and that approximately 10 million dust mites live in the average bed. Also, “Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings”. Gross right?
Dust mites can cause:
- itchy skin, rashes or hives
- difficulty breathing
- hoarseness, sore throat
- watery eyes, itchy eyes
- sinus problems
Natural latex is a wonderful solution. The structure of the material and absence of fibres to eat make latex an inhospitable environment for mites. Without the mites inhabiting the inside of your pillow and leaving droppings behind, the risk of fungus and bacteria goes way down.
Wool is another great bedding option; it absorbs one third of its weight in moisture. A dry environment is a far less favourable home for mites and bacteria. In fact, wool has microscopic bristles that mites do not penetrate. Resthouse beds are made from natural latex with wool-cotton encasements, which act as a “barbed fence” to keep out these intruders. Click here to learn more about wool.
If you want to get even more protection you can add an allergy encasement to your pillow. The super tight weave is woven to 4.5 microns, which prevents mites, bed bugs and dander from entering your pillow.
Maybe it’s time to freshen up your pillows with natural fibres that are less favourable to dust mites. Getting a healthy sleep is important, so why not make it free of unhealthy invaders?
Until next time, sleep well!
Resthouse Sleep Solutions
126 Station Street, Duncan, BC, Canada V9L 1M7