Fight allergies with Forty Winks beds, mattresses, mattress protectors and covers.

Dust mites are the leading trigger of allergens and asthma in the home and one of their prime breeding grounds is in the bed - you can't see them with the naked eye but you're probably sleeping with between 100,000 and 1 million of them and may not realise the effect they may have on your health and respiratory system.

Allergens produced by house dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma. Some main signs of house dust mite allergies are itchiness, sneezing, eczema, watering/reddening eyes, runny nose and the symptoms of asthma - wheezing, coughing and/or shortness of breath. Consider allergy testing to determine causes of your allergies.

If you are one of the many people allergic to house dust mites and bed mites then avoidance of these mites and their allergens is the best course of action and the use of a mattress and bedding that acts as a barrier to the bed mite and allergies is a good first step and may assist asthma prevention. The bedding should also be breathable and able to withstand frequent washing.

One of the most strongly allergenic materials found indoors is house dust, often heavily contaminated with the fecal pellets and cast skins of house dust mites. Estimates are that dust mites may be a trigger factor in 50 to 80 percent of asthmatics, as well as in countless cases of eczema, hay fever and other allergic ailments.

At Forty Winks, we understand beds and the importance a good night's sleep has on your health. Ask to see the AH BeardSensitive Choice products at all Forty Winks Stores where there is a range of mattresses that use foam and fabrics that have been treated with HealthGuard for long term protection against house dust mites, mould and bacteria.

The National Asthma Council Australia has recognised AH Beard's commitment to reducing allergens and asthma in mattresses by approving the company as its exclusive mattress partner within the Sensitive Choice program.

According to National Asthma Council Australia Chief Executive Officer, Kristine Whorlow, over two million Australians have asthma and 40 per cent of Australians suffer from allergies. "These people want good information to help them make better purchasing decisions that have the potential to benefit their health and improve the quality of life, and that is the aim of the Sensitive Choice program," she said.

"We also want to encourage manufacturers to consider the needs of people with asthma and allergies when they are developing their products, in the same way that AH Beard has developed a range of beds that fight dust mites and allergy triggers."

AH Beard products that have been approved to carry the Sensitive Choice blue butterfly logo are made with fabrics from Bekaert textiles and quality foams that have been treated with HealthGuard™ to reduce dust mites and prevent the growth of mould, mildew, fungus and bacteria.

The HealthGuard treatment is available on selected beds in the Forty Winks range. Since your bed is the single most used item in your home - around one third of our lives are spent in bed - then it makes sense to make sure you have the right bed.

For those who like the idea of protection from dust mites and allergens but don't necessarily wish to buy a new mattress, the Australian-made Protect•A•Bed offers a full line of state-of-the-art mattress protectors, full mattress encasements, pillow protectors and cot mattress protectors designed to promote health and hygiene while allowing for allergy-free sleep. The range includes a number of protectors from the Allerfresh Mattress protector to the luxurious Elite Tencel White Mattress protectors. Made from Eucalyptus, the natural fibre is anti-bacterial and acts like an invisible, breathable skin between you and your mattress.