Allergy season is in full swing, and many of us are feeling the effects. We all know how important sleep is to our health, and trying to sleep with bad allergies can be incredibly difficult. Bedrooms are often a magnet for common allergens like dust and other irritants. There are a few things you can do to make your bedroom allergy friendly, and hopefully get some much needed rest.
1. Adjust the Bedroom’s Humidity
Humid rooms are the perfect place for mold spores and dust mites to live. If your bedroom’s humidity level is more than 50%, try using a dehumidifier or air conditioner. This will remove excess moisture from the room, and make it much harder for dust mites and mold spores to thrive.
2. Vacuum Often
This goes without saying, but frequently vacuum your bedroom carpet and drapes to prevent dust, pet hair, and other allergens from building up. There are many vacuums on the market with built-in HEPA filtration systems that trap allergens and filter the air as it exits the vacuum.
3. Ditch the Carpet Altogether
If you’re able to, consider removing your bedroom carpet and replacing it with a hard surface flooring. This will be easier to clean, and easier on your allergies. If you prefer a softer space, get some surface rugs and treat them with anti-dust mite powders or sprays.
4. Seal your Bedding in Bed Bug-Proof Encasements
Bed bugs are unpleasant whether you suffer from allergies or not, and can quickly become a problem. You can reduce the chances of a bed bug infestation by sealing your mattress, pillows, and box spring in bed bug-proof encasements.
5. Install Vent Filters
It’s important to regularly change the filters in your furnace and AC units, but sometimes it’s not enough. You can buy filters that are designed to fit over each individual vent in your home. These filters provide an extra layer of protection to prevent even more allergens from entering your home.
6. Remove Dust Magnets
There are many things in our bedrooms that are magnets for dust and allergens, like fabric drapes, plush objects, and other surfaces that allergens can cling to. Removing these objects from the bedroom can make a world of difference. Consider replacing your drapes with vinyl blinds or shades. They’ll be easier to clean, and harder for allergens to adhere to.
7. Place a HEPA Air Purifier in your Bedroom
HEPA air purifiers will help remove a great deal of dust and other allergens from the room, and come in a variety of sizes. Just remember to change the filter as often as the manufacturer recommends, and you should notice a big improvement in the quality of your sleep.