Do you ever go to bed feeling fine, but wake up with a cough and sniffles?  If this is a feeling that you experience frequently, you might have an allergy to pollen, household dust, or the invisible mites that live in it.  After spending eight hours or more with your face pressed against an allergen-filled pillow, it’s no surprise that you don’t wake up feeling refreshed.  Whether you are a known allergy sufferer or simply want to enjoy fresher, cleaner bedding, hypoallergenic pillows can help.

Cotton and goose down are two of the most problematic pillow fillings for allergy sufferers because dust, mites, and other allergens can easily be trapped in the filling material.  If you love the luxurious feeling of a down pillow, you don’t need to despair, however.  Hungarian goose down and synthetic down are alternatives that are resistant to allergen buildup.

Hypoallergenic cotton pillows are also available.  These pillows are made from unbleached and un-dyed cotton pre-washed in baking soda.  This special treatment is enough to prevent allergic reactions in most sufferers.  Before buying a cotton pillow, be sure that it has a hypoallergenic label.

Some other pillow fillings that are easy on allergies include Memory Foam, wool, and specially blended synthetic materials.

Another way to help prevent an allergic reaction while you sleep is to use a hypoallergenic pillow case.  These cases are specially designed to prevent mites from entering your pillow.  The cases are easy to wash, which keeps the air around you fresher and cleaner as you sleep.

Considering how much time we spend in bed, it’s surprising how many people use pillows that are actively bad for them.  You might be surprised by how much better your sleep becomes, after making a simple change to hypoallergenic bedding.

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