How to Find the Best Hypoallergenic Sheets
If you have allergies or sensitive skin, then you know that the sheets you sleep on can make or break your sleep. One of the best things you can do to prevent irritation is switch to hypoallergenic bed sheets.
What are hypoallergenic sheets?
Hypoallergenic sheets are sheets that are resistant to common allergens, like dust mites, mold, and mildew. They are typically made from natural fibers that aren't treated with chemicals that could irritate the skin or exacerbate allergies.
Hypoallergenic sheet types
Organic cotton, linen, and bamboo make for the best hypoallergenic bed sheets. Because of their breathability, these materials will help keep you and your sheets dry, preventing the spread of dust mites and mold, which thrive in humid environments. Plus, when untreated with chemicals or dyes, these sheet materials are also a good option for people with easily irritated skin.
To ensure you're getting the best hypoallergenic sheets, look for third-party certifications on the packaging, like OEKO-TEX Standard 100, the internationally accepted standard for certifying textiles and home furnishings, and Global Organic Textile Standard, which means a product contains at least 95% organic fibers and meets basic requirements on toxicity.
Here's what you need to know about each of these hypoallergenic sheet materials.
Organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals that could irritate your skin or make your allergies worse. Sheets that are produced from organic cotton are often undyed or are made with environmentally-friendly dyes.
Linen can absorb as much as 20% of its weight in moisture before feeling wet—meaning it'll keep you dry and comfortable throughout the night. It also has unique properties that reduce the number of allergens and germs typically found in sheets.
Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic. It's soft, sustainable, and biodegradable, making it especially appealing for eco-conscious shoppers.
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Tips for avoiding allergies
Getting hypoallergenic sheets is the first, and one of the most important, steps you can make to manage your allergies at night. But there's a lot more you can do to allergy-proof your bedroom.
Reconsider your mattress
If you have allergies, you should know that the average bed is home to up to 1.5 million dust mites (those microscopic bugs that feed on dead skin cells and whose feces cause allergic reactions), mold and mildew, and pet dander. If you have allergies, a memory foam or latex mattress are both good options.
Use a mattress protector
While a mattress protector is a must for every mattress owner, it's especially important for allergy sufferers. That's because it helps prevent the buildup of allergens in your mattress.
Choose a breathable, waterproof mattress protector to promote good airflow and prevent spills and moisture from getting into your mattress. An encasement style mattress protector, which has a zipper and encloses your mattress on all sides, is best for allergies.
Deep clean your bedroom
Start by moving furniture out of the way so you can get hard-to-reach dust bunnies. Dust, sweep, and vacuum every corner of your bedroom. Do this weekly to maintain an allergy-free bedroom.
You should also clean your mattress and bedding regularly to get rid of allergens. Vacuum your mattress to suck up dust, dust mites, and crumbs. Wash your sheets regularly (weekly or every other week) in hot water to kill germs.
Shower before getting into bed
Shower and shampoo at night to get rid of allergens you've accumulated on your body and hair. This will help prevent you from bringing allergens into bed with you. As a bonus, showering at night will help you fall asleep faster: The rapid drop in body temperature after a shower naturally makes you drowsy.
When you're ready, learn more about ways to allergy-proof your bedroom and sleep better with allergies. Then, read about what to look for in a mattress if you have allergies and how to choose the best bedding for allergies.