Sleep may be elusive to some, but allergy sufferers have some additional problems to overcome. Springtime is certainly a challenge but allergens can be found in homes year-round. A survey recently conducted by manufacturer AllerEase, a company that makes allergen-controlling bedding products, produced some surprising facts.
Nearly half of Americans complain about allergy symptoms but less than 15 percent actually do anything about it. Allergists’ say that only one in ten Americans do what they can to prevent or relieve symptoms.
According to Tracie Oechslein, Brand Manager at AllerEase, “People become hyper-aware of allergies when seasons change, but the fact is many people are affected year-round by allergens residing in bedding. Allergy sufferer or not, we spend a third of every day cheek-to-cheek with a surface that may be causing congestion and disrupting our sleep.”
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites—a common household allergen. Dust mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but:
- They measure one-quarter to one-third of a millimeter
- They are whitish with eight legs and are arthropods, similar to spiders
- They have no eyes or developed respiratory system
- Their goal is to eat, reproduce and eliminate waste
- Their life cycle from egg to adult can be 2 to 4 months
In addition to these mites, our bodies also shed millions of skin cells.
” …an unprotected mattress can accumulate anywhere from 10,000 to 10 million dust mites inside.”
One-third of allergy sufferers feel less rested and another third complain about being congested on arising. Only a small percentage—13 percent—try to minimize the symptoms by washing bedding more frequently; and only one in 10 use allergen barrier protective bedding. Add in mattresses that are more than 4 years old, and younger Americans who typically change or wash bedding once or twice a month.
AllerEase has some suggestions that can be implemented to protect against these effects:
- Don’t sleep with a pet, they just contribute their own dander, fleas, hair and more.
- Replace your mattress; 69% their mattress is at least four years old.
- Wash bedding more frequently.
- Take steps to control snoring.
- Use the properties of bedding protection to prevent mite buildup and help to preserve the mattress.
AllerEase® is the leading brand of allergen barrier bedding. With technically advanced fabrics and construction, AllerEase bedding prevents allergens from settling in your mattress, pillow and other bedding, where it can collect over time and aggravate allergy symptoms. Available in pillow and mattress protectors, mattress pads, pillows and comforters, all products are third-party lab tested and have the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. AllerEase is a simple and convenient solution to reduce exposure to allergens and provide a clean bed and comfortable night’s sleep. Visit www.aller-ease.com for more information.
*Survey methodology: One-time survey fielded to the general population in the United States on 1/29/15 via Google Consumer Surveys publisher network on behalf of AllerEase and American Textile Company, receiving at least 1,040 responses.