Feeling Tired? Seventy-Five Percent of U.S. Adults are Sleep Disrupted 
Allergy Specialist, Dr. Neeta Ogden, Says There are Simple Fixes to Improve Sleep Environment

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Duquesne, PA, September 21, 2015 - Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) experience occasional to frequent sleep disruptions, citing causes such as temperature-related discomfort, experiencing allergy symptoms or needing to use the bathroom, according to a new survey from AllerEase. The survey also reveals roughly one in four adults (24%) say they rarely or never wake up feeling well-rested.

That unrested feeling can be caused in part by household allergens lurking in your bed, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a board certified adult and pediatric allergy and asthma specialist. Many of my patients are surprised to learn that household allergens are more pervasive than outdoor allergens, and can have a real impact on sleep.

Serious sleep disorders aside, almost six in 10 U.S. adults (57%) say they suffer from seasonal or environmental allergies, and 42 percent say they've woken with allergy-like symptoms in the last month.

My top recommendation for those suffering from respiratory congestion at night is to try a three step plan: use zippered allergen barrier bed protectors, nasal saline spray, and remove allergens from your bedroom such as pets and carpets, says Dr. Ogden. Simple changes can have a year-round impact on quality sleep and living.

Many Americans try over-the-counter medicines, use humidifiers/dehumidifiers and wash bedding to help improve their sleep, but only 8 percent use zippered allergen barrier mattress protectors, which can help prevent the collection of dead skin cells, dust mites and household allergens in plush surfaces like bedding and pillows.

Other tips to improve sleep environment include:

  • Wash bedding once per week, including comforters and duvet covers, to prevent household allergens from collecting in plush surfaces
  • Wash pillows monthly, or replace them every six months, if they are non-washable
  • Limit liquids and snacks close to bedtime to avoid overnight bathroom breaks
  • Identify optimal sleep temperature and adjust fan, heat or air-conditioning accordingly

The concept of zippered mattress protectors isn't new, but as our society has grown more allergic and sleep-engaged, it's more relevant today than ever before, says Patrick Seiffert, AllerEase SVP, Marketing. Many people don't realize that using mattress and pillow protectors as preventative measures in helping alleviate allergy symptoms can help improve their overall quality of sleep.

For more information on creating an optimal sleep environment and protecting bedding from the buildup of dust mites, dust, pet dander and more, please visit www.aller-ease.com.

*Survey methodology: An omnibus survey of 1,015 American adults 18+ was designed and conducted online by Finn Partners Research, utilizing an online survey panel, developed by ORC International, between July 30 and August 3, 2015, on behalf of AllerEase.