Many people find that they have allergic reactions to their bedding, which is particularly problematic since about one-third of most peoples' lives is necessarily spent in bed. If you or your loved ones wake up with a stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose or fatigue, you should consider switching to bamboo bedding. Synthetic and polyester bedding materials can actually trigger allergic reactions, so using natural materials is advisable. Cotton fabrics have been used for hundreds of years and are a good solution, but it has been found that bamboo is actually preferable for several reasons. Bamboo fabrics are very desirable because they are produced with non-toxic chemicals, are naturally hypoallergenic, are durable and actually become even softer the more they are used.
The natural cellulose fibers in bamboo linens are naturally anti-bacterial, and bamboo contains a unique natural agent that has anti-fungal properties. As a result, the fabric stays fresh and resists bacteria that causes odors. Bamboo is ideal for people who have highly sensitive skin because it is produced without dangerous chemicals and softening agents and has naturally hygienic properties. In addition, the fibers are exclusively able to absorb moisture and can “breathe” because of the micro-holes in the natural cellulose fiber, so bamboo is ideal for keeping the sleeper cool and comfortable in hot weather.
Bamboo linens are really the ideal “green” fabrics, as they come directly from nature and return completely back to nature at the end of their useful lives. The bamboo plants are grown on bamboo plantations in China that are very heavily managed. The plantations are in pollution-free zones, and no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are needed during the growing process because bamboo grows very quickly and does not require pesticides.
Wool is also a typical natural material used to make blankets, but it can be very scratchy and uncomfortable, especially for people with sensitive skin. Another wonderful insulating material is down feathers and down comforters are very popular, but many people are allergic to down feathers, so can not use them. So, when looking for a comforter, down substitute fillers are recommended to avoid allergies. Again, having a bamboo cover or orvet over a down-alternative-filled comforter is advisable for people with allergies.
People with allergies need also pay attention to the dyes used in creating their bedding. Certain dyes can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Because of this, it is advisable that the use of bedding that is white or beige or other neutral colors will be implemented for people with allergies, as they usually do not include these dyes. You should also look for bedding that is advertised as environmentally friendly or organic, because these typically have been produced in ways that are less toxic, both because of the milder or non-toxic chemicals involved in their production and the use of the milder dyes utilized in their designs.
It is important to avoid feather and wool bedding for another reason. Feathers and wool are favorite places for dust mites to live in. There can be hundreds of thousands of tiny dust mites in a single mattress, and they are the primary cause of allergic reactions to bedding materials. The best way to alleviate these is to cover your mattress with an allergy-resistant cover, then use allergy-resistant bedding, such as bamboo linens.
Bamboo linens are the ideal for bedding for people with allergies. Because they are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, are odor resistant, produced using no chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and are even softer with use, they are highly recommended for reducing allergic reactions.