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Sleep Tips For Allergy Sufferers

Sleep Tips For Allergy Sufferers

Posted by The Canningvale Team on 3rd Jan 2024

Do your allergies or asthma stop you from getting enough sleep?

Check out our hot tips for sweeter (sneeze-free) dreams.

Say goodbye to dust mites

Dust mites love to share your bed. And when they come home to roost they can flare up allergies and asthma symptoms. Making sure you’re washing your bedding regularly (check out our cheat sheet further down for how often you should be washing) can help dramatically in keeping your allergies or asthma under control.

100% cotton sheets are best for allergy sufferers, they are breathable, so no moisture is trapped, making it harder for allergens to thrive. Our favourite Vintage Softwash sheets are perfect for allergy free sweet dreams.

Showering before bed also helps reduce the chances of bringing allergens back to your bed.

Pet Project

📸 by @adventuresofmilliethecavoodle featuring Lustro Bamboo Sheets

If your dog-tired pupperino and your cat-napping feline love to share your sheets, they’ll be leaving behind fur and skin cells. This can cause your allergies to flare up.

Creating a pet-free zone in the bedroom will help you sleep sounder. But if you just can’t part ways with your pets at bedtime, our top pick for you is our Lustro bamboo sheets. Not only are these beauties naturally hypoallergenic, their silky-smooth twill weave texture ensures that pet fur doesn’t stick, making them easier to brush down and clean.

Lustro sheets are also moisture wicking which discourages the spread of dust mites.

Pillow fight

It’s time for some serious pillow talk.

Things can get a little nasty in bed when bacteria, dirt and dead skin cells take each other on in a pillow fight. That’s why your relationship with your pillow should never be a lifelong commitment. You need to break up every 2 years and start fresh with a new love who can be more supportive of your needs.

We recommend our microfibre pillows. Since they’re anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and resist dust mites, they’re certainly nothing to sneeze at. Investing in a pillow protector can also keep allergens away from your face, ensuring a better sleep and sweeter dreams!

The below pillows are have the National Asthma Council’s tick of approval for a better night’s sleep:

Another option is to invest in silk pillowcases. These naturally hypoallergenic beauties won’t just help you fight allergens in the night, they’ll make your skin sing.

Cover all your bases

If you sound like Darth Vader when you’re sleeping, try out our dream team of allergy-resistant bedding.

Our Alessia bamboo cotton range, as well as our Lustro bamboo range are both naturally hypoallergenic and lightweight – meaning they breathe life back into your sleep cycle.

Mattress protectors add another round of allergen resistance, meaning they not only guard your bedding from nasties, they also keep your allergies at bay.

It also helps to choose a quilt that is anti-allergy. We recommend our Hypoallergenic quilt range.

Don’t come apart at the seams

Stress can keep you tossing and turning at night.

This can make your allergies just as restless, inducing further stress that makes sleep a distant dream.

Try creating a relaxing ritual before bed. Meditating, deep breathing exercises and reading can help you slip into sweeter dreams.

For some added zen, try burning a candle or diffuser before bed. Selecting a specific scent that’s only for bedtime can help your mind recognise that it’s time for sleep. It will also create a soothing ambience so you switch off faster.

📸 by @thestylesociete featuring our Large Scented Soy Wax Candle - Vanilla Bean & Passionfruit

Dust yourself off

📸 by featuring Alessia bamboo cotton sheet set and quilt cover set

Make sure you’ve vacuumed (this includes your mattress) and have dusted off all surfaces in your bedroom, including bedside tables and headboards. With less allergens in the air you’ll be able to breathe easier, especially if you suffer from asthma.

Cheat sheet

There comes a time when you need to start afresh with your bedding, and other times when you need to part amicably. To make it easy for you, we’ve made a cheat sheet for when you need to wash or replace each item of your bedding.

  • Mattress protector:
    • Wash every six months
    • Replace every 12 years
  • Pillow protector:
    • Wash 3 times a year
    • Replace every 12 years
  • Mattress:
    • Clean every 6 months
    • Replace every 710 years
  • Quilts
    • Wash: Every 2 weeks
    • Replace: Every 10-15 years
  • Pillow: 
    • Wash 24 times a year
    • Replace every 25 years
  • Sheets:
    • Wash every week. Wash more often (34 days) if your pets share your bed.
    • Replace every 23 years, although good sheets are an investment and can last a lot longer than this.
  • Quilt Covers:
    • Wash every fortnight to a month
    • Replace every 1015 years
  • Pillowcase
    • Wash every week
    • Replace every 23 years
  • Blankets
    • Wash every 23 months
    • Replace every 2–5 years

Are you an allergy sufferer? Share with us @Canningvalelove how you combat allergens to reap the sleep rewards.

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