What is Healthy Sleep?

healthy sleep leaves you refreshed
Dust Mites in Your Bed?

We spend one-third of our life asleep. Everybody wants a good night’s rest. Everybody wants to sleep healthy. We all agree on that. But what is “healthy sleep”?

The National Sleep Foundation defines “healthy sleep” as sleep that meets the following:

 

 

  • You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down
  • You regularly sleep a total of seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period.
  • While in bed, your sleep is continuous—you don’t have long periods of lying awake when you wish to be sleeping.
  • You wake up feeling refreshed.
  • You feel alert and are able to be fully productive throughout the waking hours.
  • Your partner or family members do not notice any disturbing or out of the ordinary behavior from you while you sleep, such as snoring, pauses in breathing, restlessness, or otherwise nighttime behaviors.

The Harvard Medical School devotes significant resources to studying sleep and promoting healthy sleep. They have an extensive video library here if you would like to hear from medical experts about the importance of healthy sleep.

Tips for Healthy Sleep

Most experts agree that there are steps you can take to get to sleep, stay asleep, and wake refreshed.

  • Avoid caffeine late in the day
  • Limit your exposure to light
  • Establish a bedtime routine and keep it
  • Exercise daily, but not just before bedtime
  • Keep your room dark and cool
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and heavy meals just before bedtime

Healthy Sleep Hygiene

The debate rages about whether to shower or bathe at night before fight over shower at night or in morningyou go to bed or in the morning when you rise. That is one sleep hygiene fight we will not wade into. If it helps you sleep, bathe or shower before you sleep. If not, do it in the morning.

However, bathing at night does reduce the amount of skin and body oils in your bed. Those are just food for dust mites. 

Speaking of dust mites, it is important to control their population if sneezing, wheezing, or coughing keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep. So, be sure to wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets every 7 days in hot water. This will remove the skin cells that are food for the dust mites as well as removing the dust mites themselves.

Protect your mattress and pillows with zippered dust mite-proof covers. You’ll extend the life of your mattress and pillows and make it much easier to keep your bed clean.

zippered mattress covers promote healthy sleepFor temperature regulating comfort, choose natural fibers for sleeping. Cotton wicks away moisture to keep you dry. Both silk and wool fibers work to regulate body temperature as well. This makes these fibers great choices for comforters, blankets, and duvets.

If you’ve got any bedtime routines that work for you, drop us a line. We would love to hear what you do to get a healthy sleep.

Til Next Time!

Cheryl

Do I Believe Allergy Control Products Work?

Yesterday was a really good day.  Not everyone can say that about a Monday, but I can say it with confidence. That’s because I believe in what I do and I know the allergy control products we sell are highly effective.

Seeing is Believing

I talked with several customer by phone and helped a few on live chat. More than one said it sure sounds like I believe in the allergy control products we sell.

Comments like that always make me smile. That’s because it’s true. And it’s easy to sound like I believe in the products we sell. That’s because I do. I really use the products we sell. I won’t sell a product that I won’t personally use. If you see a product in our catalog or on-line it’s a personal recommendation by me or one of our staff. If you see it, we use it.

Allergy Control Products in My House

allergy control products in my house
de-mite on top of my dryer

Every Sunday morning,  my wife strips the linens off the bed and pillows. We wash our 100% cotton sheets with the DeMite Laundry Additive. She has terrible allergies to dust mites and we are vigilant about allergy control in the house. That’s why all of our bedding is encased with dust mite proof covers.

We run an Austin Air HealthMate air cleaner in our bedroom 24 hours a day. There’s an Alen Paralda or Austin Air Junior in the other bedrooms. An Airpura keeps the air in the basement clean.

Go in the kitchen and look under the sink. You will find Skoy Cloths, House Wash concentrate, Vital Oxide and Envirorite products. There’s some Allerpet/C there too for when our feline allergic friends visit.

You’ll find the Zeolite products in the cat litter box and in our cars.  We spray our furniture

remove cat allergies with alleroet
Allerpet/c on my cat

with ADMS spray and the bedspread gets a spray about once a month too. When it gets dirty, we scrub the outdoor furniture with House Wash. The Vapamore keeps the tile and wood floors looking great.

Check out the air conditioner  and furnace. They both use high quality custom-made  air filters. Last but not least, our water is purified using Aquathin’s patented RO/DI process.  I refuse to drink  water from the tap no matter how safe the city says it is.

We Know What Works

I know what allergy control products work because we test everything extensively. Our employees use our products and participate in testing too.

You won’t find fad products for sale at The Allergy Store.  You will find products that have been tested and proven. I believe that if a product doesn’t perform, it has no value, regardless of the price.

No, I don’t have every  mattress pad and comforter we sell on my bed. But every one of those products has spent some time on my bed. Being evaluated for comfort, ease of care, and efficacy in allergy control.

I believe in the products we sell because I know they really do work. When evaluating new
products, one of the first questions I must answer is “would I use this?”  If the answer is no, you won’t find it here.

Do I believe in the products we carry? You bet I do.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause

AllergyStore.com

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How Do You Take Care of Wool Bedding?

Wool is a great alternative to down if you have allergies. It is also revered by people with multiple chemical sensitivities. Wool is a great option for organic bedding. But wool needs special care. One of the most common questions people have when considering wool is how to take care of wool bedding. It’s not hard. Just read the label.

wool makes naturally allergy-resistant bedding

Why sheep don’t shrink in the rain but wool does

Ever wonder why sheep don’t shrink when they get wet, but your wool blanket comes out of the dryer a quarter of its original size?

It’s because the wool doesn’t actually shrink, it felts. That’s an entirely different process.

Wool fibers have tiny, flat, overlapping scales on them. These scales always face away from the sheep’s body. When you wash wool, these scales hook onto each other, interlock, and hold on tight.  That’s felting. The fibers hold so tight they pull the surrounding fibers closer. They interlock. Suddenly fibers spread over a large area are now huddled up close, held in place by those scales.

You can process the wool so that these scales are removed or made to always lay flat. That’s how you get washable wool. But not all wool is washable.

How to care for Merino wool bedding

Always read the label first. Merino is a breed of sheep, it isn’t a brand name of wool. Merino sheep produce a wool that is very fine and loaded with keratin. That means it is strong. It is also loaded with lanolin. That makes it naturally antibacterial.

Spot clean Merino wool with a mild detergent or soap made especially for wool. Hang your Merino wool comforter or mattress pad outside on a sunny day.  The ultraviolet light will freshen the bedding.

The best way to keep your Merino wool comforter clean is to encase it in a 100% cotton zippered comforter cover. This keeps the oils from your skin off the cover. If the cover gets soiled, you just remove it and toss it in the wash.

some wool bedding can be washed in a commercial washer

How to care for washable wool bedding

Once again, it pays to read the label. The Allergy Store sells Shropshire and other washable wool bedding than can be safely cleaned at home.

Never crowd your comforter or pad into the washer. If the washer is too small, take it to a commercial laundry or wash it in the bathtub.

Make sure you rinse well. If soap residue coats the wool fibers, you don’t get the benefit of the lanolin or keratin.

Tumble dry with low heat. As with the washing machine, if your dryer is too small to do the job well, take it to the commercial laundry.