Allergen and dust mite levels are reduced by replacing old mattresses and using protection products.
SLEEP IS UNCOMFORTABLE for thousands of allergy-sufferers in New England. For that reason, Jordan’s Sleep Lab wants to help you make your bedroom as healthy as possible. The most important products we can advise for addressing allergies are bed and pillow protectors that shield against dust mite infiltration.
Dust Mite Facts
Dust mites are a fact of life; they are NOT a reflection of housekeeping practices. Even if that lets you off the hook for their existence, you should know a little bit about dust mites before selecting a protective mattress or pillow encasement.
Here are a few facts:
- A Heavy Presence—The weight of the average mattress doubles after ten years due to dust mite infestation. The weight of the average pillow increases 10 percent in a single year.
- Breathe Easy—A Johns Hopkins University study showed that “mite population and allergen levels decreased by 90 percent or more” within a month of replacing mattress and pillow covers.
- "Mite-y" Numbers—According to the Center for Disease Control, a used unprotected mattress can have anywhere between 10,000 and 10 million dust mites in it (imagine sleeping with those every night).
- Tiny Allergens—The average dust mite is 0.5 mm in length, not visible to the naked eye. Over 7,000 dust mites can fit on the size of an average human fingernail.
- Multiplying Discomfort—Male dust mites only live an average of 19 days, while the female dust mite can live up to 70 days. The female dust mite lays as many as 200 eggs in the last five weeks of her life.
- Common Ailment—Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from symptoms relating to dust mite allergies.
Dust Mite Allergies
Many mite allergy sufferers are not aware of their allergy. Here are some of the most common symptoms related to dust mite allergies:
- Runny Nose
- Itchy, Red, or Watery Eyes
- Nasal Congestion
- Frequent Nose-Rubbing (especially in children)
- Itchy Nose, Roof of Mouth, or Throat
- Postnasal Drip
- Facial Pressure and Pain
- Frequent Awakening
- Swollen, Blue-Colored Skin Under the Eyes