Do you wake up with allergies? The reason could live within your mattress and bedding.

Australia has one of the highest levels of allergy & asthma in the world. To minimize allergy and asthma attacks, the National Asthma Council recommends avoidance of known triggers including dust mites and mould. Dust mites and mould are also associated with eczema and allergic rhinitis (blocked noses).

A major site of exposure to the dust mite allergen is while we are sleeping in our beds (in mattresses, pillows and quilts). Would you believe 100,000 to one million dust mites live in the average mattress (depending on mattress’ age)?! That is why mattresses become heavier over time.  It’s the dust mite’s secretions and faeces that are the real culprit of allergic reactions. They contain a protein that triggers allergic reactions such as sneezing and blocked noses.


Dust mites are right at home in our mattresses and bedding. They prefer a warm, humid and dark environment and they feed on human skin flakes. A sign of dust mites, bacteria and mould are the yellow stains seen on unprotected mattresses, quilts and pillows! Yuk! Without Protectors on our bedding, bodily fluids such as perspiration and saliva seep into bedding and combine with skin cells, breeding dust mites and bacteria to form an unhealthy sleep environment.  To protect you and your family while sleeping from dust mites, bacteria and mould – mattresses and bedding should be protected with waterproof and breathable protective covers (mattress protectors).

We have a Protect∙A∙Bed® range of Mattresses, Quilt & Pillow Protectors that protect the entire family and can enhance sleep-health – particularly asthma/allergies – including eczema, incontinence, bedwetting, bed bugs and general hygiene. Protect∙A∙Bed® Protectors are also endorsed by the National Asthma Council, SIDS and Kids and the Eczema Association of Australasia.

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For new mattresses- Protect∙A∙Bed® has a range of Protectors that will guarantee new mattresses will remain hygienic and not stain. So confident is the associated Warranty that should a new mattress stain,  Protect∙A∙Bed® will clean or replace mattress! No other mattress protector company provides this level of guarantee and comfort.

For existing mattresses – Protect∙A∙Bed® has a range of mattresses protectors that will protect you and your family with a waterproof, breathable barrier. Protect∙A∙Bed® Protectors provide a healthy barrier from all existing bacteria, mould and allergens.

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Mattress, quilt and pillow protectors provide a simple, cost effective solution. All protectors have an advanced, waterproof and breathable protective barrier to ensure a healthy, rejuvenating sleep for the entire family with protectors for cots to king mattresses.

If allergy symptoms disturb your sleep at night, some simple changes to your sleeping environment might help you find relief.

Especially if you are allergic to dust mites, mould, pollen or pet dander, you need to pay special attention to keeping your sleeping space clean and free from allergens.

“If you have allergies, your bedroom needs to be as dust and clutter-free as possible.

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9 tips for better sleep

Here’s how – focus on these areas:

1. “Lock down” your bedding – To keep dust mites at bay, use zippered covers for your pillow, mattress and box springs. When it comes to bedding, “You need something you can wash and dry in high heat. And no feathers. Trade out feather pillows and down comforters for bedding made with synthetic materials.”

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 2. Avoid carpeting – These should be changed out for hard flooring, so a damp mop can trap dust particles that settle to the floor.

3. Use window blinds – Use blinds rather than curtains to cover windows, since heavy draperies and upholstered curtains collect dust.

4. Wash stuffed animals –These are a commonly overlooked breeding ground for dust mites. “Stuffed animals need to be washed weekly in hot water and dried on a high heat setting at least once a week, “If they can’t be washed should be sealed in plastic bags and left in the freezer overnight.” High heat and extreme cold will kill dust mites living deep inside a plush toy’s stuffing.

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5. Lose the ceiling fan –These are a bad idea for allergy sufferers because dust collects on top of ceiling fans. Then when you turn on the fan, it whips dust around the room.”

 6. Limit humidity – Dust mites thrive in a humid environment, so try to maintain 50 percent humidity or less in your bedroom. Use a dehumidifier and keep windows closed.

 7. Consider an air conditioner – If you use a window air conditioning unit, make sure it is set to recirculate inside air, rather than pulling moist air from outside. This can help people with seasonal allergies as well.  Air conditioning units can harbour mould. People with mould allergies, in particular, should make sure their window air conditioning units are cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis.

8. Try a HEPA filter – “Getting a HEPA filter for the bedroom may help quite a bit. These small, portable units trap allergens like dust mites, pet dander and pollen. If you choose a different type of air filter or air purifier, make sure it is one that does not produce ozone, which worsens asthma symptoms.

9. Love pets from afar – Finally, although your pet may be a member of the family, he needs his own sleeping space. If you allow your pet into the bedroom we recommend you check with your vet if he or she has allergy related fur.

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Alex Argo
Alex Argo