“Hypoallergenic” is probably a word that you’ve heard recently. It has begun to see wide use, primarily in advertising campaigns, to describe anything from makeup and perfumes to blankets to dogs and cats. And it’s also a word that Zonkd proudly uses to describe our high quality natural latex and memory foam mattresses.
However, many of those advertising campaigns repeatedly describe their products as “hypoallergenic” without stopping to take a moment and properly define the term and what it means for you, the customer. Here at Zonkd, we believe that it’s not just important that our mattresses are hypoallergenic because it sounds good in an ad, but that it’s important because of the number of benefits it provides to our valued customers. It is our firmly held belief that a hypoallergenic mattress ultimately provides a better sleep experience than one which cannot make that claim.
What Does “Hypoallergenic” Mean?
Official sources define an item (or an animal) as hypoallergenic if it contains or releases only a small amount of any kind of allergens or no allergens at all. Other common ways of referring to hypoallergenic products and pets are “only slightly allergenic” or “containing significantly below the normal level of allergens”. For example, hypoallergenic jewelry is made with gold or sterling silver, rather than potentially allergenic metals such as nickel, while hypoallergenic pets do not shed or produce only minimal amounts of dander.
While it is technically possible for a person with allergies to still react when using a hypoallergenic product, risks of reactions, especially severe ones, are significantly reduced when compared to products which are not hypoallergenic in nature. Minor reactions, such as contact dermatitis (red, itchy skin rashes) or swollen, watery eyes are usually eliminated entirely, while more intense reactions typically lessen greatly in severity.
Mattresses and Allergens
The average human, over the course of their entire life, can spend upwards of 26 years sleeping. A person’s bed should be a safe haven – soft, comfortable, free from stress, and most importantly free from any health risks such as allergens.
Unfortunately, keeping a bed allergen-free is often easier said than done. Microscopic particles of skin, hair and sweat left behind by sleepers provide a tempting feast for dust mites, small, practically invisible insects which can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, and worsen the effects of pre-existing conditions such as asthma. And, of course, as their name suggests, with dust mites comes dust – identified by scientists as being one of the most common and irritating allergens among the human population.
In addition, mattresses and beds, especially when used in hot, damp, or humid climates, can serve as a breeding ground for a number of nasty molds, mildews, and bacteria. Mold and mildew allergies are known to cause buildup of mucus in the lungs and sinuses, leading to coughing, sneezing, blocked or runny noses, and difficulty breathing. Mold, mildew and especially bacteria can also cause result in illnesses, respiratory problems and general decline in health even for people with zero allergies.
There are a number of things which people can do to help keep their bed and mattress clean and free of allergens. Avoiding activities such as eating and drinking beverages other than water in bed can show significantly results, as it will make the bed environment less attractive to dust mites. Regular, thorough washing of sheets, pillowcases, and knitted mattress toppers or covers can slow or halt the growth of molds and mildews. However, the best way to keep your bed allergen-free is to purchase a hypoallergenic mattress which will do the work for you!
Hypoallergenic Properties of the Zonkd Mattress
The Zonkd mattress is made from a unique combination of gel-infused memory foam and 100% natural Talalay latex, which is harvested from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). It is the latter which provides the mattress with the majority of its hypoallergenic properties.
Latex occurs naturally as a thick, white sap-like liquid which is excreted from beneath the bark of the tree. The latex serves as the tree’s natural defense against mold, bacteria, mites and insects – the very same nasties which cause allergic reactions in so many people. Even when cured into a solid and molded into the shape of a mattress, the latex retains its ability to resist and deter these sneaky invaders. Even the hardiest of dust mites or the most stubborn bacteria will find no safe haven in, on or under our Talalay latex mattresses.
In addition, the memory foam which forms the top layer of our mattress is infused with a copper gel visco, which regulates temperature and prevents the mattress from overheating. However, in addition to its stated purpose, the copper gel is also naturally both antimicrobial and antibacterial, further reducing any health or allergy risks. Copper is also itself a pure metal and therefore fully hypoallergenic in nature.
On top of all of that, the process of producing Talalay latex uses heat and an intense washing cycle to remove the proteins responsible for causing allergic reactions to latex in a small percentage of the population – yet another way in which our mattress is hypoallergenic! Go here to learn more about just how our mattress keeps even latex allergy sufferers safe, comfortable and healthy.
While we still recommend keeping your sheets and pillowcases clean and food out of the bedroom, the Zonkd hypoallergenic mattress is the number one solution for avoiding microscopic bed intruders. Choose Zonkd, and sleep easily and comfortably every night knowing with complete confidence that there’s no mold, mildew or mites keeping you company!
Contact Zonkd today to learn more about purchasing one of our high quality, hypoallergenic mattresses.