Calling all allergy sufferers! If you’re struggling to get a restful night’s sleep because of scratching, sneezing and generally feeling rubbish, it might be time to try a new approach. A hypoallergenic mattress is a great place to start if you’re looking for ways to make your bedroom an allergen-free zone, so we’ve put together an essential guide to buying a hypoallergenic mattress with everything you need to know.
Let’s start from the beginning:
What is a hypoallergenic mattress?
Quite simply, a hypoallergenic mattress is a mattress made using materials with anti-allergy probiotics and antimicrobials that repel and eliminate allergens such as dust mites, which are known to trigger asthma attacks. Ideal for those living with asthma and other respiratory problems, the treatments on a hypoallergenic mattress act as an invisible barrier between you and those pesky allergens, including dust mites, mould and bacteria.
There are many different types of anti-allergy treatments available with hypoallergenic mattresses, including antimicrobial formulations such as Fresche® Bioscience technology, which works to prevent fungal growth, dust mites and odours.
What are the benefits of hypoallergenic mattresses?
Reducing Allergy Symptoms
The most obvious benefit of buying a hypoallergenic mattress is the reduction in allergy symptoms. All anti-allergy treatments used on these mattresses largely do the same job, preventing dust mites from penetrating your mattress or surviving on the surface, and therefore reducing the risk of mite-related allergy symptoms. But the benefits of hypoallergenic mattresses don’t just stop at repelling dust mites …
Hypoallergenic mattresses are often also treated with antimicrobial and antibacterial technology, which help prevent the growth and spread of harmful bacteria and fungi that would otherwise naturally begin to bloom. Without these unwanted bacteria, your mattress will look, smell and feel extra clean and fresh.
Safe Sleeping Environment for Babies & Children
Children’s beds are, of course, our speciality here at Noa & Nani, and hypoallergenic mattresses provide the ideal safe, clean environment for them to sleep in. The hypoallergenic treatments will help keep your child’s asthma and allergy symptoms at bay, allowing them to get the crucial sleep they need to grow and develop.
Buying a Hypoallergenic Mattress
If like us, you’ve already decided that investing in a hypoallergenic mattress is a no-brainer, then we’re here to help you choose the right one for you. The first thing you need to decide on is the type of mattress construction you’d like.
By far the most effective form of hypoallergenic mattress, foam mattresses would always be our top suggestion. The density and structure of the foam make it impenetrable to dust mites, helping to eliminate this particular and most common of bedtime allergens. High-density foam mattresses are also highly durable, supportive and use reflex technology to spring right back into shape after use.
Pocket Spring Mattresses
Spring mattresses, while lacking the mite-repelling dense foam structure, are still highly effective hypoallergenic mattresses when designed with a hypoallergenic cover, which prevents mites and bacteria from living on or penetrating the surface. 1000-pocket spring mattresses are especially popular with divine comfort-seekers, providing evenly-spread supporting springs which shape to the body’s contours while you sleep.
This form of mattress works in a similar way to foam mattresses in terms of forming an impenetrable structure against dust mites. In addition, latex mattresses also provide moisture-wicking properties that help prevent moisture-related, allergy-flaring problems such as mould and bacteria growth.
Aside from the type of mattress structure, hypoallergenic mattresses also come in a variety of firmness types. Most are rated as medium, medium-firm and firm.
Foam mattresses and orthopaedic mattresses tend to provide the firmest level of support, which has little ‘give’ but supports your body evenly at all contact points while providing superior comfort. The firmest mattresses are most popular with people suffering from back and joint pain and posture issues, while others simply prefer the additional support provided by a firm-feel mattress.
Pocket-spring mattresses tend to provide medium and medium-firm support, depending on the number of springs present. These mattresses have a little extra ‘give’; the feeling of which many people prefer for comfort reasons. If you love the feeling of a slightly bouncier mattress when you climb into bed, look for mattresses marked ‘medium’ or ‘medium-firm’ – remember, the more springs present, the firmer and more supportive the mattress.
Mattress Size & Suitability
The size and type of bed frame you have will, of course, go some way to dictate the size and type of hypoallergenic mattress you ultimately choose. Most mattresses come in standard single, double, king size and so-on, meaning it’s easy to find the right mattress to fit your bed frame. However, not all mattresses are as well-suited to certain types of bed frame, such as divan beds or shorter day beds, for example, so this is always worth checking and measuring before you buy.
Mattress depth and thickness will also affect how well it will fit into your bed frame, so make sure you do your measurements to see how high your mattress will sit when placed in the frame.
Now you’re clued up on all the need-to-knows, you’re ready to find your perfect hypoallergenic mattress. Explore our full range of hypoallergenic mattresses in single, double and deluxe varieties for all bed types here at Noa & Nani, and let’s hopefully wave goodbye to the snuffles and sleepless nights caused by those bothersome allergies.