How to Help Allergies: Create an Allergy-Friendly Bedroom with T&N
June 21, 2023
Author: Chanahra Fletcher
Tis the season of longer days, warmer months, and beautiful, budding flowers. But with the appearance of bright blooms and the end of winter weather comes a less-loved, age-old trade-off: allergies. While spring brings you warmth and roses, the itchy eyes, runny noses, and endless achoos that pollen presents can be irksome thorns in your side. And after hours of fighting nonsensical symptoms, the allergens you’re exposed to during the day can negatively affect your rest at night. The good news, though, is there are ways to mitigate your allergies from entering your bedroom, and at Tuft and Needle, we’re dedicated to helping you do just that. Whether you’re suffering from pollen-related allergies, or want to rid the air of other allergens, read on for our best tips for how to make your room allergy-free, so you can lay your allergy symptoms, and yourself, to rest.
1. Purify the Air
The first step to creating an allergy-friendly bedroom is to purify the air. Begin by thoroughly cleaning your floors. Materials like carpet can trap allergens, ranging from dirt and pollen to dust mites and pet dander. And though hard surfaces like vinyl, wood, or tile attract fewer particles than carpet, allergens can also build up on their surfaces. This can lead to nights of allergy-related irritation. To mitigate this, sprinkle and vacuum your carpet with a fresh carpet cleaner, or sweep and mop your hard floors with a reliable multi-surface cleaner to help make them allergen-free.
Next, utilize an air purifier. Air purifiers are portable devices that trap and filter pollutants in a single room. Purifiers use fans to pull air into their filtration systems, filter allergens, then recirculate clean air back into the room. To refresh the air in your bedroom, turn your air filter on before bedtime, and opt to run it as you sleep. By consistently filtering your bedroom air throughout the night, you’ll encounter less irritating allergens, leading to a fresh, clean sleeping space and an allergy-proof bedroom.
Finally, to help with any lingering allergens in your space, incorporate aromatherapy into your sleep routine. Spritz your linens with pillow sprays and essential oils, like eucalyptus oil, that naturally ease inflammation and sinus congestion, so you can wake feeling awake, refreshed, and allergy-symptom free.
2. Practice Consistent Skincare
One way that allergens sneak into your bedroom undetected is, surprisingly, through you. Irritants such as dust, pollen, and dander can lay on your skin, settle on your clothes, and nestle into the strands of your hair. To create an allergy-friendly sleep environment, always shower after a day spent outside. Wash dirt and dust from your skin with a gentle cleanser, and, if possible, wash or wrap your hair for the night.
Next, incorporate skincare into your nightly routine by washing your face with a calming face wash. Select a cleanser with gentle ingredients that remove dirt, pollen, and dust while soothing the skin. Finally, apply a moisturizing recovery balm, especially under the eyes, to help with any inflammation your allergies may have caused throughout the day.
3. Refresh Your Bedding
The final step to creating an allergy-friendly bedroom is to wash and refresh your bedding. Just as allergens can settle into our clothes, they can also lay trapped in the fibers of your bedding. This can lead to nights of irritation and puffy, stuffy mornings. To help remove allergens’ effects from your sleep environment, we recommend starting from the bottom with the best mattress for allergies. Purchase a hypoallergenic mattress, or one made without harmful chemicals, and pair it with an allergy mattress cover. Next, incorporate an allergy-friendly material, like linen bedding, into your sleep setup. Made from the fibers of flax, linen is a naturally hypoallergenic bedding material. It’s dirt-repellant and moisture-wicking—making it the perfect bedding for allergy season. And once it’s time for their weekly refresh, linen sheets get softer with every wash. Creating an allergy-friendly bedroom is all about finding ways to soothe your symptoms while decreasing the number of irritants in your space, and with the help of hypoallergenic materials like linen bedding, you can make sure allergens don’t disrupt your peaceful night’s sleep.
4. Sleep Clean This Spring with Tuft & Needle
When spring finally knocks on your door, it’s easy to forget about the allergies that can follow on its heels. From warmer weather to walk our pets in, to flowering buds lining sidewalks and streets, the same aspects we love about spring are often the elements that irritate our allergy symptoms. While we can’t completely eradicate our response to allergens, the good news is, there is a way to stop them from disrupting our sleep. From purifying your air to choosing breathable, dirt-repellant bedding, it is possible to refresh your space and routine, so, with the help of Tuft & Needle’s sleep solutions, you can look forward to allergy-friendly sleep.