There is the saying – the way you make your bed is the way you'll sleep. This is essential to remember when picking out a new mattress. The kind of a mattress we pick will have an impact on how we feel during our wake. Some people like to sleep on a hard surface and other prefer it softer. Certain people have allergies and it is actually very common. Allergies might be caused by lots of different things, but when talking about household it is mainly the dust-mites who give us all the sneezing, coughing and red eyes experience. Dust mites are tiny little creatures, invisible to the naked eye, who live in our pillows, mattresses, carpets and furniture; their bites resemble a small insect bites. In many cases it isn't even the dust-mite itself, as its feces. The allergens being produced causing us trouble. Choosing the right mattress for our sleep will significantly reduce the exposure to that. Dust mites are found more abundantly in humid areas, which brings us to our first candidate.
If you suffer from allergies, then you should know that the inner spring system makes it actually worse.The dust mites incubate in the inner cavity of the coil; to add to that, mold might accumulate due to the humidity released by the body. If you are a spring mattress lover and can't do without, there are washable mattress encasings which will reduce the allergy effects. The said above is correct for open spring mattress and pocket coil mattress, with the last one being considered a step-up from the old-fashioned spring.
Memory Foam mattress
The technical term for this new kind of a foam is Visco Elastic and many will state this to be their mattress of choice. Indeed, it is a hypo-allergenic mattress, which has many unique and positive properties. It is been known to mold to the shape of a person lying on it, so to give it the most snug. It has therefore, pressure relieving properties and comes in different firmness – all depends on the thickness and density of the Visco Elastic used. This kind of mattress will not make you sneeze perhaps, but it will get hot, not hot to make an omelette, but hot enough to maybe make you itch, if you are heat sensitive. There is also the issue of a smell. In the first few days after purchasing such a product it will slightly reek from the chemicals used when treating the mattress. The smell will surely pass, but it might still be quite an irritating experience for those of us who are over-sensitive to smells. Some state that the many chemicals used in these mattresses might cause allergies too. If a person wants a better support and insists to buy a foam mattress, there is always the option of picking regular foam – that, too, comes in different densities for varies levels of support.
Some people have allergy to latex. This is an allergy one is being born with. In these people, the protein from the rubber causes allergic reaction. Latex gloves, in particular, are coated with cornstarch powder, which the latex protein sticks to and so, flies into the air with, once the gloves are been taken off. Mattresses and pillows – non skin contact products – may contain some natural rubber latex, undergo a multiple-staged washing process to remove the allergy causing protein and at the same time enhance the quality of the product. Latex mattresses production includes extreme heating, which the protein causing the reaction cannot survive. Quality latex mattresses have been tested and said to be actually hypo-allergenic for mold, mildew and bacterial allergies.
Let's also have a look at the fillings of the mattresses, since they will lessen or contribute to the allergic effects. Most mattresses have a combination of fillings, containing primarily what known as the structural filling – spring or foam – sometimes multi-layered. In addition to that, there will be also an extra filling, to add to the comfort of the mattress. Examples of these are – cotton, horse hair, silk and wool. There are more fillings and this is something one should look into when buying a mattress, since some are hypo-allergenic (cotton, latex, tempur); while others will be extremely comfy (wool, actigel, pocket springs).
To sum it up, the winner-mattress for allergy sufferers is the Latex. The least suitable one is the Coil; with Memory Foam hitting right smack in the middle. Fillings are to be considered too, when some are more natural and therefore hypoallergenic, like wool or cotton, while others are more structure supportive, such as the coil and foam.