New Picture (8)If you suffer from allergies you know that symptoms make every part of the day miserable. You may often think that a good night’s sleep will help calm your allergy symptoms and leave you feeling rested for the next day. But you actually may be the most vulnerable to allergy symptoms when you are asleep. Allergens such as dust mites, pet dander and even pollen can cling to the fibers of your mattress and other bedding. While you sleep you’ll inhale these allergens, triggering your allergy symptoms. Fortunately there are many ways that you can allergy-proof your bed. This will help ensure that you can sleep allergy free and wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed the next day. Keep reading to learn tips for allergy-proofing your bed. Cover Your Mattress & Pillows The best way to keep your bed allergen free is to keep your mattress and pillows protected. Using products like zippered mattress encasements and pillow protectors will create a protective shell to keep allergens from settling into your bed’s soft fibers. If your mattress or pillow is not brand new, you can still begin using a protective encasement. A protective cover will trap allergens that may already be lingering in your bedding, keeping them from ever escaping into your airways while you sleep. Wash Your Bedding in Hot Water Washing your bedding in hot water will not only help wash allergens away, but will also kill dust mites. Bed sheets should be washed at least every other week. Pillows should also be washed. According to Martha Stewart, pillows should be washed at least twice a year. Not all pillows can be washed in hot water, but there are some that are designed specifically to be washed at high temperatures. These pillows will help add an extra level of allergy protection. Keep Your Bed “Off-Limits” to Pets If you suffer from allergies it’s time to ban Fido or Fluffy from sleeping in your bed. After you vow to keep your cat or dog off of your bed, it’s important to clean all your bedding to eliminate any pet dander that has previously settled. If for some reason your cat or dog were ever to sneak onto your bed, your allergen protective bedding will also help keep any newly shedded pet dander from settling into your mattress. Keep bedroom doors closed in order to keep you cat or dog from entering. You always want to make sure you’re getting your best night’s sleep. And that can’t happen if you’re suffering from allergy symptoms. Make sure you’re protecting your bed in order to stay as symptom-free as possible!