Have you noticed Spring is on the way? Even on a grey rainy day like today, there are subtle clues in the air. The days are getting longer, daffodils and other Spring flowers have started to appear and the birds wake up singing. There is nothing nicer than waking to the sound of the dawn chorus, it gives you a joy for life. There are days when the sun appears and you feel like throwing open the windows and giving the house a Spring clean. Did you know that cleaning your house can also help you get a better nights sleep? I don’t mean from the exercise, although that is always helpful to slumber. Looking at the way you clean your bedding and bedroom may help aid your rest.
Scarily when we are asleep we lose over quarter of a litre of moisture and half a kilo of dead skin cells a year which makes up ten per cent of the weight of a three year pillow. All this gets into your bedding and creates an ideal breeding ground for dust mites. These are too small to see but lurk in the bedding eating the dead skin. When the dust mites eat they also excrete and these excretions can cause skin problems like eczema, rhinitis and asthma. Coming from a family with asthma and eczema I know how important it is to wash pillows and duvets at 60C at least every six months to kill dust mites. My mum used to hoover the mattress every week to keep the beds dust mite free.
Recently I was sent some Slumberdown Anti Allergy Pillows to try out. These are pillows encased in anti-allegy polyester fibre to protect against allergens and fungus.
The pillows are lovely and fluffy, when I put a case on them and lay on them I sunk into them. They do provide support as well though, I did not find myself sinking in too far. Having used them over a few weeks I have found I am getting a restful nights sleep and the pillows are still fluffy. I also have found that I am not waking up full of snuffles which I used to do which is a sign that the anti-bacterial properties must be working. I am hoping they are going to help reduce my hay fever over the summer. Even better the pillows can be machine washed and tumble dried which makes it easier to clean them regularly. The Slumberdown Anti Allergy pillows are sold as a pair and can be found in Argos, Morrison’s and Matalan.
There are other ways that you can help reduce dust mites and get a good nights sleep.
Have you started your Spring cleaning yet? Do you have any tips?
Disclosure: I was sent some Slumberdown Anti Allergy pillows to try. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.