For people already dealing with respiratory problems, a clean sleep environment free from dust and mites could aggravate the state. Ideally, one must replace the mattress every five to seven years. This, however, can vary on the mattress type and how it is used.
How to mitigate the risk of dust and mites in the mattress?
Doctors recommend regular vacuum cleaning of a mattress to prevent dust accumulation. Asthma patients are most prone to developing health problems due to the mattress. This is because mites and dust are the key triggers of respiratory problems.
Asthma is a condition characterised by swollen breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. It forces the tubes to narrow down temporarily if exposed to triggers.
Some of the key triggers of asthma are:
- Allergies to animal fur, pollen, or dust mites
- Cold or flu
When looking for the symptoms of asthma, watch out for the following:
- Tightness in the chest
- Whistling sound while breezing known as wheezing
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.