It is important to make a rational decision when making bedding choices, due to a large amount of time an average man spends in bed throughout a lifetime. Considering the countless numbers of bedding products on the market, it can sometimes be hard to know which one to settle for most especially as an eczema sufferer.
You have to think about whether to go synthetic or natural bedding products, the types of duvets and blankets to be purchased will be properly scrutinised to ensure it doesn’t worsen the skin condition. However, people that suffer from eczema are liable to suffer from sleep problems resulting from the dreaded itch-scratch cycle, which can deprive them of having a good sleep. That’s why it’s very important to see whether your bedding is not unwittingly contributing to your poor sleep by making your body itchy. It’s equally important to pay attention to everything around you to know what triggers your reaction and by all means avoid coming in contact because treating eczema can sometimes be dependent on what you are allergic to, in that case, what works for one person may not work for the other. Nevertheless, there are products that can be used to improve your chances of a night without itching.
Triggers to be aware of:
For eczematous skin, the function of body temperature regulation is often fragile, and overheating is a very common thing. For others, sweat causes a response to the body. Itchiness is definitely encouraged by bedding that makes you overheat and most people scratch their body more during sleep. It is advisable to use thin cotton cloths or a lighter duvet, or reduce the number of covers and go for thermal resistance textiles.
1. Choose a hypoallergenic mattress and bedding.
Invest in an allergy-resistant mattress and bedding products.
Search for mattresses and sheets made of naturally hypoallergenic organic materials, such as all-latex sheets, and organic wool and cotton. Upgrade from sheet fit to mattress covers. A cover for dust mites will completely cover your mattress and protect it against infestation.
2. Manage your bedding with regular cleaning.
Clean your mattress regularly. Wash your sheets every week on the hot cycle and ensure to use the hot setting on your dryer to dry them too.
Dust mites are not killed by both the cold and warm water settings–only the hot water environment does, as reported in a 2007 research report. Researchers concluded that washing laundry in warm water around 104 degrees Fahrenheit killed just 6.5% of dust mites, but all of them were killed by the hot water environment at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot water environment also significantly improves the amount of pet dander and pollen removed.
3. Watch the humidity.
If you use a humidifier, regularly clean it and replace the water to prevent mould build up.
Take care not to over-humidify your bedroom, however, as that creates perfect conditions for mould growth. Always try switching on the bathroom fan after taking a shower, and clean it regularly. If you do not use air conditioning, a dehumidifier will help to eliminate extra moisture from your home.
The best bedding for allergy sufferers
Hypoallergenic pillows and bedding should be used as suitable bedding for allergy sufferers. The hypoallergenic label does not claim that the product instantly “kills” or eliminates allergens. Rather, bedding made from hypoallergenic materials simply refers to tightly enough woven fabrics to prevent allergens from sneaking in and making it their new home.
Hypoallergenic pillow filler materials promote breath-ability and at the same prevent humidity and moisture that attracts dust mites. Organic pillows are more expensive with an average price of $150, whereas latex pillows are more affordable alternative it goes for between $40 and $60.
Get pillows that are washable, and use a pillow cover in addition to a pillowcase. For instance, wool and cotton are more breathable fabrics for the sheets. More great choices are bamboo, linen, and silk. Even with regular washing, nevertheless, plan on changing your pillows every 6 months.
We’ve talked a lot about getting cases for your mattress, box spring, and pillows. However, there’s no way to cover your sheets. That’s why it’s especially important to choose hypoallergenic ones free of chemicals and dyes.
Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, lightweight material that is resistant to mould, mildew, and dust mites.
Silk is as lighter and is a hypoallergenic material as always. Finally, a guilt-free luxury you can indulge in!
100% Cotton is naturally breathable, and although not as soft as silk, the hypoallergenic products come with a much more affordable price tag as the cotton
Like cotton, wool is also perfect for wicking away moisture and is naturally resistant to dust mites.
People with Eczema should try as much as possible to avoid memory foam bedding because it is designed to react to body heat and equally mould itself to your body shape, as result reduce the amount of air in the circulation – thus making you feel warm or hot. It is wise for eczema sufferers to try as much as possible to cut down on dust in the home, since eczema is often triggered by house-dust-mite droppings.
Unsurprisingly, mite droppings and dust are found in the largest numbers in mattresses and other bedding, which contain a good supply of their main food source: flakes of skin. In order to reduce the house-dust-mite droppings, wash bed linen regularly, if possible twice a week, pillows and duvets every 4–6 weeks at 60°C. Tumble drying on a hot setting will also help to destroy house-dust mites. regularly washing of bedding is important in order to get rid of treatment residue, too. Give the mattress a thorough vacuuming whenever you change the bedding. Whatever type of mattress you choose, they aren’t designed to last forever and house-dust-mite droppings will inevitably build up.
Bedding made from all sorts of materials can be found on sale, they come in different variants, cotton, bamboo, microfiber, silk, and wool, when it comes to duvets and pillows, it’s important to be aware of thread counts. A thread count relates to the number of threads (width and length) that make up an inch of woven fabric and tells us how closely woven the fabric is. An inexpensive sheet might have a count of 150, whereas more expensive bedding might have a 500-count. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer and cooler the sheets, and the more likely it will wear well over time.
For more sleep tips, head over to a previous article: Insomnia and Eczema: Get More Sleep