Fight allergies with the right mattress and bedding

Rest easier knowing your bedroom is safe from dust mites, bacteria-causing allergies and asthma with our bugproof, hypoallergenic beds, mattresses, bedding, pillows and mattress protectors.

Dust mites and allergens

Dust mites are the leading trigger of allergens and asthma in the home. 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 dust mites. Worse still, you may not realise the effect they can have on your health and respiratory system.

Allergens produced by house dust mites are one of the most common asthma triggers. Signs of house dust mite allergies include:

  • itchiness
  • sneezing
  • eczema
  • watering/reddening eyes
  • asthma symptoms - wheezing, coughing and/or shortness of breath.

Consider allergy testing with your GP to determine causes of your allergies.

House dust

House dust is also heavily contaminated with the faecal pellets and cast skins of house dust mites. Dust mites are suspected to be a trigger for 50-80% of asthmatics, as with cases of eczema, hay fever and other allergic reactions.

How do I avoid allergens?

The use of a mattress and bedding that acts as a barrier to dust mites and allergies is a great first step to avoiding allergies, and may assist asthma prevention. Your bedding should also be breathable and able to handle frequent washing.

The National Asthma Council Australia has recognised A.H. Beard's commitment to reducing allergens and asthma in mattresses by making them an exclusive mattress partner with the Sensitive Choice Program. 

 A.H. Beard Sensitive Choice Logo

According to National Asthma Council Australia Chief Executive Officer, Kristine Whorlow, over 2 million Australians have asthma and 40% of Australians suffer from allergies.

"… 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," 

"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 A.H. Beard has developed a range of beds that fight dust mites and allergy triggers."  – Kristine Whorlow

Allergen pollen

A.H. Beard Sensitive Choice products carry the blue butterfly logo. These beds are made with fabrics from Bekaert textiles and quality foams. They’re also treated with HealthGuard™ to reduce dust mites and prevent the growth of:

  • mould
  • mildew
  • fungus
  • bacteria.

The HealthGuard™ treatment is available now on selected beds at Forty Winks. And since your bed is the single, most used item in your home – around a third of our lives are spent in bed – it makes sense to have the right one.

Not ready for a new bed?

If you like the idea of protection from dust mites and allergens but aren’t ready to buy a new mattress, the Australian made, Protect-A-Bed produces state-of-the-art:

  • mattress protectors
  • full mattress encasements
  • pillow protectors
  • cot mattress protectors.

All are 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. Because they’re made using Eucalyptus, a natural fibre that’s anti-bacterial, they act like an invisible skin between you and your mattress.

Speak to our sleep specialists today

We understand beds, mattresses and the importance of a good night's sleep.

Visit a store and ask to test our Serta by A.H. Beard Sensitive Choice products. They have a range of mattresses that use foam and fabrics treated with HealthGuard™ for long term protection against house dust mites, mould and bacteria.