Best Temperature for Sleep May Surprise You

Temperature Affects SleepDo you have trouble falling asleep? Do you fall asleep quickly only to awaken and have trouble getting back to sleep? Your bed or your pillow may not be to blame. It could be your thermostat that is the problem. Believe it or not, there is an optimum best temperature for sleep.

 The Role of Temperature for Sleep

When you fall asleep, your body’s set point for temperature drops. The set point is the temperature your brain determines is best for your situation. When you are awake and healthy, the internal average temperature is 98.6°F.

 When you fall to sleep, this number drops. It can drop up to 0.9 degrees. The temperature drop helps you fall asleep. This drop is part of the body’s normal circadian cycle. Your lowest body temperature occurs about 2 hours before you wake up.

If your room is too hot or too cold, your brain gets busy trying to reach that set point. This brain activity can disturb your sleep.

 Best Temperature for Sleep

Most sleep experts agree that your bedroom should be your own personal cave when it is time to sleep. That means it should be dark, quiet, and cool. There is a reason bats, champion mammal sleepers racking up 16 hours per day, sleep in caves. Experts at the National Sleep Foundation suggest 65°F for best sleep. Others recommend a range from 65°F to 72°F at night.

You can try different temperatures within that range until you find the right one for you. If you get the room too much colder, your brain will get busy trying to get you warm; if you get it much warmer, your body will be busy trying to cool down. If you are worried about changing the temperature every day and night, just replace your old thermostat with a programmable model.

 Best Sleep Materials

Because you want to stay as cool as possible, you want to stay away from the memory foam pillows. They do cradle you head and align your neck in delicious comfort, but they are notorious for being warm.

wool is ideal allergy proof bedding fiberCotton pajamas will wick moisture away from your body if you sweat when you sleep. However, if you are a very heavy sweater, then you might want to keep a change right next to the bed. Menopausal women suffering with hot flashes can easily soak through their cotton pajamas and the dampness will make you uncomfortable. Stay away from synthetic fabrics when you sleep.

For temperature regulation, silk, wool, and bamboo all help regulate your body temperature. Mattress pads, duvets, and blankets should be made of these temperature regulating materials.   For summer time, you might want a lighter-weight wool fill than in the winter. For sheets, select natural cotton sheets or bamboo fiber.

 Keep it Clean

No matter what type of sheets, blankets, or duvets are on your bed, it is important that you wash all of your bedding weekly in hot water. washing with de-mite removes allergensWashing in 140°F degree water removes body oils and kills dust mites. If you can’t get your water that hot, use an additive like De-Mite and wash in cooler temperatures. Don’t forget that covering your bed in an allergy proof mattress cover extends the life of the mattress, helps keep the mattress clean, and can help you get a better night’s sleep if you have allergies.

Til Next Time!

Cheryl

 

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Am I Allergic to Water?

Over the years we have had people come into our store and tell us
they think they are allergic to water. They complain of redness, rashes, dry skin, itching or burning skin and it only happens when they bathe or swim.

Allergic to water
Are You Allergic to Water?

The truth is that there have been very few cases of someone actually being allergic to water. In fact there have been fewer than 30 reported cases of “Aquagenous Urticara” world wide. We explain that more than likely they are having an allergic reaction to something in the
water and not the water itself.

Alfie Lipshultz, a good friend and CEO of the Aquathin, Corp., likes to refer to our water sources as “chemical cocktails”.

“The water we drink, cook with and bathe in contains hundreds of chemicals including heavy metals, minerals, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, organic waste, illegal drugs, salts, cleaning products and personal care products just to mention a few. The local water treatment plants attempt to clean up the water but unfortunately that includes adding even more potentially irritating chemicals like chlorine, aluminum chloride, and ammonia. It is not their fault the water they start with is not as good as it once was.”

So what is causing our customer to have their allergic reaction to water?  The majority of them are finding that they are sensitive to the chlorine and chloramines used by the local treatment plants to disinfect the water. We need these chemicals in the water to kill bacteria while it is in the water mains being delivered to our home but they should be removed before they get in the house. I have yet to read a study that suggests chlorine or chloramines are good for our skin, to breathe while taking a shower or ingest.

If you believe you are having any type of an allergic reaction you should see your doctor as soon as possible. However, we believe that everyone should use quality water filtration systems to protect themselves and their families from the “chemical cocktail” that is in water. There is no reason to take the risk.

Remember, it’s not the water that bothers you but what is in it.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

AllergyStore.com – Helping customers since 1989

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What Will Kill Dust Mites?

If you’ve got dust mite allergies, you don’t want dust mites. But how do you kill dust mites if they are too small to be seen or felt? There are just a few ways to kill dust mites.

freezing kills dust mites
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Freezing temperatures kills dust mites

Dust mites can’t stand temperatures below freezing. You can kill dust mites by placing them in freezing cold. Put pillows in the freezer overnight and any dust mites in the pillow die. Of course, your freezer wasn’t really made for storing bed linens. The chicken parts and ice cream might object.

boiling water  will kill dust mitesBoiling water kills dust mites

You can kill dust mites by boiling them in hot water.  Actually, exposure to water above 140 degrees Fahrenheit will kill mites. You could try boiling your sheets and blankets. Of course you need to find a pot large enough first.

Desiccants kill dust mites

Dust mites don’t drink water. They absorb moisture form the environment around them. It’s why they like areas that are damp. Keeps them from feeling “thirsty”. Desiccants remove humidity and moisture from the environment. Common household desiccants  are borax, calcium chloride, and silica gel.

Borax is the traditional washing additive found in 20 Mule Team Borax. Find it in the laundry aisle of the grocery store. Calcium chloride is the stuff you add to pickles to make them crunchy. Just read the label on a jar of Claussen pickles. Buy it where you find canning supplies. Ball sells it as “pickle crisp granules”. Silica gel is used by crafters to dry out flowers. You can find it at a craft shop.

Spread desiccants where you want to kill dust mites.

What really gets rid of dust mite allergies?

The problem with all this dust mite killing is it doesn’t help dust mite allergies. The allergens from dust mites are found in the body and feces. Killing dust mites doesn’t stop the allergen. It actually hastens the release of the allergen. Dead dust mites make you just as sick as living mites. It doesn’t help to kill them.

Zippered mattress covers control dust mites
Zippered mattress covers control dust mites

So what does help control dust mites?

Removing dust and dust catchers. Wipe down all hard surfaces at least every 7 days with a damp rag. This removes allergens. Keep dust catching items like knickknacks and books to a minimum.

Replace rugs and carpets where dust mites live and die with hard surface floors.

Don’t stick the pillows in the freezer or boil your sheets. Encase your pillows, mattress and boxspring in zippered dust mite proof covers.  Wash sheets every 7 days with De-Mite Laundry Additive, Allergen Wash, or 140°F water.

So forget killing dust mites, it doesn’t provide allergy relief. Instead, focus on controlling dust mite allergen in the home. You will sleep better and feel better.

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