Why Bother with a Hypoallergenic Memory Foam Mattress?
Don't think you need a hypoallergenic memory foam mattress since you have no known allergies? It's time to rethink your assumptions. Hypoallergenic is not for only severe allergy sufferers. Allergies range from a bit of discomfort from dust and mold all the way to extreme anaphylactic shock. Even if you don't categorize yourself as an "allergy sufferer," dust, and much more insidious culprits, will affect your heath. If a new mattress is in the near future, it is worth the time to investigate the benefits of a hypoallergenic memory foam bed.
If you have already done a bit of foam mattress research, then the term visco elastic memory foam mattress has most likely crossed your path. "Visco" is simply the proper term for "memory foam." If a foam mattress has "high density," or "high density visco foam," the memory foam bed is able to last longer and offer an overall better performance than less expensive, low density memory foam.
Once you determine the density of foam mattress that both fits your budget and will last the longest, your mattress search is half-way over. You know that you want a memory foam bed. A visco elastic foam mattress is just a way of gauging how dense the foam is in any given foam mattress. But is the extra expense for a hypoallergenic memory foam mattress worth the cost? You be the judge.
Let's talk about dust mites. Dust mites are little, microscopic bugs. Fortunately, these mites do not bite humans or burrow under our skin. However, they do leave droppings and body parts as they expire. Since the dust mite itself is microscopic, their feces and parts are easily airborne. We probably all ingest dust mites on a daily basis. How do you know if you have dust mites? It's hard to know for sure, but if you find you, or your family, sneezing, coughing, developing water eyes or even eczema or asthma, dust may be the problem. I bet you can guess where the dust mites' number one place to hide in your home.
Your mattress. You got it! In order to survive, dust mites must be in a warm environment and have plenty of food. Since these critters love human skin, and it's easy to find flakes in our bed and bedding, dust mites naturally gravitate to our mattresses. The idea of little bugs sleeping with me every night is seriously disturbing! The best way to guarantee that dust mites are not multiplying in your sleep is to use a hypoallergenic memory foam mattress.
Along with dead skin, natural fibers such as cotton also help to grow the dust mite population. Dust mites love these fibers just as they do skin cells. Memory foam greatly deters dust mites from imbedding in your mattress and making a comfy home. When you read that a visco elastic foam mattress is "mite resistant," this is true. The foam does not provide a source of food and give the mites an easy nest. Also, the density of your memory foam mattress will determine how many mites are able to sneak in. The denser the foam, the less dust mites you will have. A dense memory foam bed has less "cells," which is where dust mites might possible hide away. No cells equal no mites!
Dust mites, allergies, back problems and an overall lack of sleep all attribute to daytime tiredness and that "run down" feeling. Not only will a memory foam bed provide the relief your sore back muscles beg for, but also your mind will be at peace knowing that dust mites are few and far between. Next time you find yourself in the mattress market, make it easy on yourself and your health and find the perfect hypoallergenic memory foam mattress.
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