What Is a Hypoallergenic Pillow?

What to look for to minimize allergies in the bedroom

A hypoallergenic pillow is designed and produced with materials that minimize developing allergies or allergic reactions. Manufacturers are wising up to the benefits of hypoallergenic pillows to enhance sleep comfort and decrease allergy symptoms triggered by materials used in many other pillows. Hypoallergenic pillows are designed to repel dust mites, one of the leading causes of allergies.

According to the Somerset Medical Center Sleep for Life organization, selecting a pillow to suit your allergy needs will reduce symptoms such as nasal congestion and wheezing. Hypoallergenic pillows are produced to be anti-microbial, allergy-free and toxin-free.

Picking the perfect hypoallergenic pillow

We all have different sleeping preferences, and manufacturers recognize this when designing conventional and hypoallergenic pillows. Choose a soft or firm pillow to suit your sleeping style. Many levels of comfort are available with hypoallergenic pillow options.

Kapok-filled pillows are an excellent alternative to softer down pillows. Wool that is organically farmed (look for the PureGrow label on wool products to assure they are raised organically and the wool is treated with environmentally friendly soap) is an eco-friendly alternative to pillows stuffed with synthetic fibers.

Be sensitive to your symptoms, choosing hypoallergenic pillows made of natural fibers and fillers that ease your breathing. Kapok, buckwheat hulls and natural latex are all eco-friendly and hypoallergenic materials that will contribute to a healthier night's sleep. The EPA notes that allergy-prone consumers should steer clear of synthetics in their pillow selection, particularly polyester fiber fill and polyurethane foam, which are made from petroleum products. It is suggested that allergenic consumers avoid traditional down feathers, which can foster dust mite growth.

Hypoallergenic down pillows

Down feathers from birds are traditionally used in many down pillows. Kapok-stuffed hypoallergenic down pillows, from seed pods of sustainably harvested Kapok trees, are an excellent alternative to conventional down pillows. There is also a product called hypodown which is a combination of goose down and syriaca or milkweed.

According to Allergy Consumer Review reports, milkweed can be grown and harvested in the US. Hypodown is another hypoallergenic down pillow alternative, naturally resilient to the dust, dander and other skin irritants found in other pillows.

Hypoallergenic pillow covers

If you must pick one item to enhance your sleep comfort, choose a hypoallergenic pillow because of the proximity to your head and nose. Getting a hypoallergenic pillow covers the most essential part of reducing allergies, namely keeping allergens away from your skin. Hypoallergenic pillow covers are another added enhancement to your organic bedding choices. If you are not ready to replace your pillows, you may purchase a hypoallergenic pillow cover to reduce your susceptibility to allergies. Hypoallergenic pillow covers with high thread counts are most effective in keeping mites from making contact with you. Organic fiber hypoallergenic pillow covers are preferable to keep your slumbers allergy-free.

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