Do you wake up with a runny or stuffy nose in the morning? Have your allergy attacks gotten more intense? Do you wake up itching, sneezing, and wheezing? Your mattress may be the culprit. Believe it or not, the same place you lay your body for a night’s sleep could be harboring literally millions of dust mites and their feces. It sounds nasty and disgusting, doesn’t it? Ironically, one of the more common side effects of sleeping on an old mattress is that it can trigger allergy and asthma attacks which can be directly attributed to the presence of dust mites.
About Dust Mites
As a member of the arachnid (spider) family, dust mites have 8 legs and are translucent in appearance. Despite being invisible to the naked eye, these pests can cause a great deal of trouble. An estimated 20 million Americans currently suffer with allergies that are directly attributed to dust mites. Yet they don’t realize that they’re breeding in the same bed that they sleep in every night.
The female dust mite’s lifespan is approximately 2 months, but in that 60-day period, she is capable of laying up to 200 eggs. Although the male’s lifespan is half that, both genders are extremely resilient. Darker living areas and higher humidity levels are the dust mite’s preferred habitat (they need up to 60% humidity to reproduce), hence the reasoning behind choosing a mattress as their ideal feeding area and shelter.
The dust mite feeds on animal and human dander or the excess dead skin shed by our bodies. Once they have ingested this dander, the dust mite defecates inside your mattress and can leave behind as many as 2,000 units of fecal matter within its lifespan. This fecal matter is a harmful allergen and can adversely affect your overall health as well as your quality of sleep.
It May be Time to Replace Your Mattress
While there are several warning signs that indicate the need to replace your mattress, the intensified triggering of allergy and asthma attacks are certainly disconcerting and should not be overlooked. Common dust mite allergy symptoms include:
- hay fever
- back pain
- neck discomfort
So if you are faced with the decision of purchasing a new mattress, you should consider the Snuz Mattress with its 7-zoned grooved design that relieves the pressure on your shoulders, hips, and ankles as you sleep. The Snuz is covered with an anti-microbial fabric that provides a cooling effect when you sleep and also protects you against bacteria such as that harmful allergen the dust mite leaves behind. And with its charcoal-infused layer of memory foam, the Snuz wicks the moisture away from your body and reduces odors at the same time. Most importantly, you’ll be getting a healthier quality of sleep.