Could Dust Mites Be Preventing a Good Night’s Sleep?
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Tiredness and fatigue is just a part of everyday life for many busy people. Between a busy job and a full family life it doesn’t always seem like there is enough time for sleep. What a lot of people who are feeling tired and run down don’t realize is that it may not be the amount of sleep they are getting that is leaving them tired, it may simply be the quality of sleep that is lacking.
In the average mattress there are anywhere between 100,000 and ten million dust mites. These microscopic insects thrive in the warm and humid conditions of our beds. They breed quickly and multiply to the point where up to half of the weight of your mattress could simply be made up of dust mites and their waste matter. Dust mites themselves are not the threat to quality sleep. Rather, their waste matter is.
The waste matter of dust mites contains a protein that many people are allergic too. It is also known to worsen asthma, eczema and bronchitis in those that suffer these illnesses. The allergic condition caused by dust mites is called perennial allergic rhinitis. It feels a bit like you have a cold all of the time. Symptoms include a runny nose, sore throat, head aches and ear aches. Those who are allergic to dust mites will often wake up feeling terrible but by 10 or 11am the symptoms have disappeared. A lot don’t even realize that the dust mite allergy is the cause of the symptoms.
Other than feeling like you have the flu when you wake up every morning, this allergy can cause serious disturbance to sleep. Each night, as we drift deeper into sleep our brain goes through a cycle which includes many different types of sleep. We need to experience these types of sleep to be at our full mental capacity. An allergy can cause a sufferer to wake up ten or twenty times during the night. On most of these occasions they will fall straight back to sleep and not even be aware that they woke up, however the brain never reaches the deepest stages of sleep. The next day, the lack of quality sleep leaves them tired and irritable and unable to be at their best.
Perhaps the worst effect of dust mites is that most people do not even realize that they are being affected. They simply go about their lives trying to treat the symptoms instead of eliminating the cause. By getting rid of these microscopic bugs from your bedroom you could experience a massive increase in sleep quality.
There are many ways to get rid of dust mites. Subjecting your linen to freezing temperatures will kill them an air purifiers can eliminate floating particles. The majority of the dust mites will be found in your mattress and pillows. The most thorough and direct treatment is by having your mattress and pillow cleaned every year. A professional can eliminate dust mites and other bacteria, viruses, germs, and fungi with a chemical free system that utilizes UV-C rays and promises to rid you of dust mites, their eggs and their waste matter.