Common symptoms of allergies to indoor irritants are:

• Year-round asthma symptoms
• Runny or stuffy nose that won’t go away
• Sneezing
• Itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids
• Skin Rash or hives
• Itchy throat or ears

If you are suffering from any of these, it doesn’t mean that your house is dirty. Normal household cleaning doesn’t eliminate these allergens, but there are steps you can take to reduce exposure and ensure a good night sleep.

Prevent Problems Before They Start

Every decade or so, it makes sense to replace your mattress. A new mattress will harbor fewer household allergens. Mattresses start to break down after 8 to 10 years. If your mattress is older, replacing it may reduce allergen exposure and provide you better support while you get better sleep!

Some experts suggest that allergy sufferers should stay away from coil/spring mattresses. The construction of these mattresses creates extra room where dust mites and other allergens can live. Latex and solid memory foam mattresses hold fewer household allergens. A Goodnight Sleep store can help you find the mattress that best fits your needs.

Don’t forget to replace your pillows. If you’re taking steps to reduce allergens in your bed, clean pillows are just as important as a clean mattress. Household allergens live in pillows too and can trigger reactions while you sleep.

Use protective covers for your mattress, box springs, and pillows to keep allergens out.

Wash your bedding weekly. Make sure to use the hot-water setting on your washer and dry all bedding in your drier. Temperatures of 130 degrees and above are recommended to kill household allergens.

If you’re concerned about allergies and bedding, talk to a sleep specialist at your local A Goodnight Sleep store location. He or she can help you minimize your exposure to allergens and improve every aspect of your sleeping experience.

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