The Bedroom Is The Most Allergic Room In The House

By sleepcounciladmin on November 14, 2012

The Bedroom Is The Most Allergic Room In The House  It’s Indoor Allergy Week and according to Allergy UK the bedroom is the most allergic room in the house.

Over 75% of those with an indoor allergy suffer in the bedroom with 92% reacting to house dust mites, the most common trigger of indoor allergies.

Not surprising when you find out that the average bed has over 10,000 house dust mites living in it which results in there being over two million allergy inducing droppings – yuck!

That’s why one of the key messages of our ‘Seven Year Hitch’ campaign is to remind you that after 10 years your bed may look okay but may not actually be okay. The bed as the perfect ‘mite environment’ is boosted by the fact that we now only consider replacing our beds once the support or ‘comfort factor’ has gone; whereas in the past mattresses were regularly re-stuffed.

On average we lose 285ml of fluid each night and shed 454grams of dead skin cells a year – which is why asthma-triggering dust mites love our mattresses. In a 2006 peer review report Dr Duncan Bain even said that regular mattress replacement is vital to reduce the prevalence of house dust mites linked to numerous allergic health problems.

If you do suffer with an indoor allergy here’s our top tips for minimising your reaction:

• In the mornings, throw back the bed clothes and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate

• Keep the room well ventilated and have the window slightly open

• Choose an anti-allergy mattress and bedding or enclose the mattress, duvet and pillows with allergy barrier covers which help to prevent the escape of the house dust mite allergen

• Regularly wash your bedding – over a million Britons never wash their duvets and one in ten does not clean under the bed

• Keep pets off your bed – even better, out of your bedroom!

• If your bed is over seven years old, think about replacing it. It may look okay but it may not be giving you the comfort and support you need for a healthy, refreshing night’s sleep. Don’t know if you need a ned bed? Try our Bed MOT.

Do you have indoor allergies? What do you do to combat the symptoms?


*Allergy UK’s Indoor Allergy Week runs from 12th-18th November 2012 and is designed to raise awareness of the impact of allergic reactions to house dust mites, mould and pets.

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  1. If you suffer from itchy eyes, an itchy nose or throat, excessive sneezing, watering or reddening eyes, a runny or clogged nose or clogged lungs, you may very well be sensitive to airborne allergens like pollen or house dust mite allergen.
    Allergy is a very common type of hypersensitivity.
    Researchers of Ghent University tested 2320 people (Skin Prick Test) for a study that will be published at the end of 2012 : 40.3% of the people tested positive to one or more of the aero-allergens.

    Grass pollen (25.9% of the population) and tree pollen (13.2%) are well known, annoying allergens.

    Very few people are aware of the house dust mite allergen (25.9% of the population), found in most beds and mattresses. Sensitivity to house dust mite allergen has a negative impact, not only on your sleeping comfort, but also on the quality of your sleep.
    House dust mite allergy is as common as grass pollen allergy but the impact on the quality of life is much bigger : pollen are only a concern during “pollen season” while house dust mite allergen will “hit” you every night of the year, predictably and instantly, each time you go to bed.

    The house dust mite allergen (DerP1) is an enzyme, used by the house dust mite to decompose and digest food (micro skin cells). Allergic symptoms are triggered each time a person inhales the allergen while resting or sleeping.

    Purotex® probiotic technology, applied on textile fabrics and other mattress or pillow components, reduces the amount of house dust mite allergen by 89.3% within 2 weeks after application.
    (SOURCE : report BE120319-05 Biologisches Mess-und Analyselabor GbR BMA, Bochum, 13.6.2012)
    Purotex® instantly cleans up nearly 90 % of the allergen and creates a fresh and clean sleep environment.
    Philip Ghekiere, Bekaert Academy

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