Snoring is a problem for millions of couples across the globe. But as National Bed Month gets underway this March, you might be surprised to learn that it’s your bed making your snoring worse – or more specifically, the dust mites lurking in your mattress.
Dust mites are tiny microscopic relatives of the spider, and live on mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains. These tiny creatures feed on the flakes of skin that people and pets shed daily and they flourish in warm and humid environments. The waste they produce contains proteins which are a major cause of allergic symptoms in humans.
If you’re sensitive to these dust mite allergens, breathing through your nose can become tricky. When nasal tissue swells during an allergic reaction, the airflow through the nose becomes restricted. The air you breathe travels faster, and further dehydrates the nasal tissue. This forces you to breathe through your mouth, leading to snoring.
The following tips can help you keep dust mite allergies at bay:
- Get the hoover out. Dust can get everywhere – and that means dust mites can, too. Vacuum your bedroom thoroughly, making sure you don’t miss those hard-to-reach places.
- Wash your bedding regularly. This includes your pillows and duvets, as they can easily trap dust that might trigger snoring.
- Use allergy-proof bedding covers. Once you’ve made sure your bedding is completely clean, invest in some allergy-proof bedding covers to stop dust returning.
- Flip your mattress. You might not realise it, but dust can also hide on your mattress. Turn your mattress every few weeks, and try to clean it when you can.
- Try a nasal spray or nasal strips. These products work by reducing swelling of the nasal tissue and opening the airways in the nose. The SleepDoctor Nasal Spray works as a tissue lubricant and decongestant, opening the airways to provide snoring relief.
When a blocked nose makes snoring worse, dust mites can cause sleepless nights for both you and your partner. Celebrate National Bed Month by dealing with dust, and banishing noise from your bedroom for good.