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Hypoallergenic Bedding

Hypoallergenic Bedding

The term is used in everything from textiles to carpeting and makeup. But what does 'hypoallergenic' really mean, and how does it apply to bedding? Our Q&A below addresses some of the top questions about hypoallergenic bedding and products so you can have a better understanding of how to sleep cleaner, healthier and more comfortably. Read more below.

 

What does hypoallergenic mean?

Hypoallergenic products, by definition, have little likelihood of causing an allergic reaction. When a product is hypoallergenic, it is generally made of materials that are not known allergens. It neither retain allergens nor fosters conditions in which allergens are likely to grow and spread.

 

What products can be hypoallergenic?

Products such as hair and skin care items, makeup, clothing, and bedding are typically desired to be hypoallergenic. As these items come in intimate contact with the user’s skin, often for prolonged periods, hypoallergenic nature can be an important factor in selection.

 

What is hypoallergenic bedding?

Hypoallergenic bedding is bedding constructed from hypoallergenic materials. The materials can come in multiple forms. Hypoallergenic bedding is important, especially for sensitive skin, due to the length of time a user spends in bed. Since the average person typically spends 8 hours a night in bed, throughout a lifetime, that could mean 25 years in direct contact with bedding and fabrics. This means that having hypoallergenic bedding at home can make a big difference in the quality of life for allergy sufferers.

 

Which materials are hypoallergenic?

Fabrics with natural fibers, like cotton, bamboo and Tencel® Lyocell are naturally hypoallergenic. Microfiber and certain types of memory foam can also be hypoallergenic.  In these instances, the material itself is not a known allergen and is unlikely to cause allergic reactions when in contact with users. People who suffer material-related allergies can benefit from selecting items crafted from these hypoallergenic materials.

 

Another reason Tencel lyocell is considered to be hypoallergenic is due to its moisture-wicking properties. Surface moisture presents ideal conditions for the growth of mold and mildew, both of which are highly potent allergens. Moisture-wicking fabrics reduce the potential for the saturated conditions in which allergens thrive. For example, when moisture comes into contact with Tencel, the fiber immediately absorbs it into a series of internal capillaries. These capillaries then transport, or wick the moisture throughout the material, eliminating surface moisture.

 

Hypoallergenic Bedding for Sensitive Sleepers

Whether you suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin, paying attention to the hypoallergenic nature of the products you use can help ensure comfort and reduce irritation. When evaluating hypoallergenic pillows or other bedding, look for products that use microfiber and natural fabric like Tencel, to prevent reactions and reduce the presence of allergens in your bedroom.

 

Hypoallergenic Bedding

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