None of the common irritants and disease triggers
Sleeping in a healthy environment free of irritants is important in order to achieve restful sleep. The most common irritants are itches, night sweats, allergic reactions (from sneezing and snoring to violent coughing) and actual long-term skin problems.
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In recent years, scientists have started to understand the function of our skin better. Today we know that chemicals in textiles can cause various skin diseases. The skin is our largest organ and one of its functions is the transportation of chemicals, a process not comprehended until fairly recently. Some chemicals in textiles can be absorbed in enough quantity to cause detrimental systemic effects over time. In the last few decades the quality of textiles has been decreasing as synthetic dyes and a higher percentage of artificial materials such as polyester have been used. With this decline came an increase in skin problems reaching alarming levels - to name but one example, 1 in 3 British children suffers from atopy.
Your bed should be the place where you rest and recover. However, the most bacteria infested places in a common house are the toilet bowl and the bed. Beds are an ideal breeding ground for millions of fungus spores, bacteria and viruses. It is estimated that a third of the weight of a 5-year-old pillow is dead bed mites, their faeces, and other bugs. Your body is most vulnerable when you sleep: Direct contact with fabric and less airflow gets toxins stuck between your skin and the fabrics over long periods of time. This especially leaves your most sensitive body parts, such as your face and genitals, directly exposed to bacterial, fungal or viral infections.
Most common skin diseases can be linked to fungal, bacterial or viral infections. In pretty much every case dermatologists advise those inflicted to carefully select materials for their bedding as low-grade bed sheets are not antibacterial and have low breathability. Here is a list of the most common skin deseases and their relation to textiles:
- Skin diseases such as acne, atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis have been connected to pillow cases as bacteria get trapped between the pores and the bedding fabric.
- Psoriasis and eczema-affected patients should be using bed sheets that let the skin breathe and absorb moisture to keep their skin cool at night, completely free of chemical irritants.
- The antibacterial properties of organic bedding textiles benefit patients suffering from rosacea or cellulitis.
- The anti-fungal properties help the skin heal and are beneficial to patients suffering from seborrheic eczema (Seborrheic dermatitis) or Candida fungus.
- Bed mites and bed bugs thrive in bedding made from polyesters and chemically dyed fabrics, and directly or indirectly cause allergic reactions and skin diseases like hives.
- Rashes and inflammation of various types can be caused or amplified by most common bedding sets available on the market.