The need-to-know about allergies
Dust mites are related to spiders and ticks but are too small to be seen by the naked eye. They thrive in your bed and feed off your skin flakes and dandruff. Your body provides the more than 50% humidity that they need to survive and keeps their habitat toasty warm.
They are also the number one cause of allergies and asthma. But it isn’t their tiny bodies causing the sneezing, wheezing, sniffling and coughing. The more than 40,000 of them counted by a scientist per one ounce of dust leave a lot of droppings. This fecal matter causes the reactions in sensitive people. It is estimated 15% of the population and 85% of asthmatics are sensitive to dust mite poo.
Polyurethane foam, feathers, and down all are wonderful dust mite hotels. The foam is made of billions of air pockets the dust mites love to call “home.” When the foam is compressed they have no problem hanging on, and when it is released (as you roll over) it sucks in more food and moisture for them.
Wool wicks moisture away and allows it to evaporate. This not only makes it comfortable for the person sleeping, but it lowers the humidity creating an inhospitable environment for dust mites. Use pure organic wool as bedding.
Wool’s fibers are long and aren’t inhaled; it won’t irritate your lungs. Wool extinguishes itself when set on fire and so needs no added chemicals. The less gasses and chemicals in your bed, the better you will breathe. The less dust mites, the better you will feel. The fewer irritants in your sleeping environment, the better quality sleep you will have
You must be signed in to comment. Sign in or Register