What's the Best Mattress for Allergy Sufferers?
The type of mattress you sleep on can drastically affect your health and daily life.
The most common cause of nightly allergies is dust mites. In order to minimize allergies, exposure to dust mites must be drastically reduced. This can be done by choosing the correct mattress for your health (i.e. dust mites can be found in abundance in a traditional coil mattress).
What Causes Allergies in Bed?
Dust mite feces rather than the actual dust mites are the cause of allergic reactions in bed. The dust that accumulates in a coil mattress is contaminated with dust mite feces.
Common allergic reactions to dust mite feces are sneezing, itching, watery eyes and wheezing. Dust mite allergies have also been linked to headaches, fatigue and depression.
What is the Worst Mattress for Allergy Sufferers?
Coil/Spring mattresses are the least favorable for allergy sufferers because of their inner spring system. The inner cavity of coil mattresses creates an incubator for dust mites where dust mite feces and dead skin cells accumulate. It isn’t uncommon for mold and mildew to be found within the cavity of a coil/spring mattress due to humidity caused by the transfer of body heat. This is why a spring mattress will typically weigh 10 times its original weight after 10 years.
Pillow Tops or Quilted Tops attract dust mites as well. With light, loose padding, these soft tops provide an ideal environment for dust mites to thrive in.
So what is the Best Mattress for Allergy Sufferers?
A solid memory foam mattresses or latex mattresses are by far the best mattresses for allergy sufferers. Because the core of these types of mattresses is not hollow, there is no incubator, no areas for dust mites to thrive in and no open cavity for the accumulation of allergens.