Allergy sufferers have long been searching for a cure that ails them.
Unable to relate to the Hollywood depiction of a person jumping out of bed, head clear, hair straight and nose unblemished, this alternate reality is often nothing more than that for allergy sufferers.
Instead, they awake from their slumber with a throbbing headache and their nose gushing like Niagara falls.
But what if it didn't need to be this way?
What if, with something as simple as the purchase of a new quilt, that Hollywood depiction becomes more than that, rather, it becomes reality!?
If you're a person with long-suffering allergies then read on, because we're about to change your world.
Is bamboo quilt good for allergies?
The title of this journal entry probably gives the answer away but nonetheless - yes, bamboo is an ideal quilt material for allergy sufferers and here is why.
Bamboo is antibacterial
Bamboo quilts possess fantastic antimicrobial properties because of their moisture-wicking capabilities. What does that mean exactly?
Well, moisture-wicking is essentially a process whereby the fabric (in this case bamboo) quickly wicks moisture to the outer surface of the fabric where it quickly dries up or evaporates, leaving the fabric nice and smooth, free from saturated moisture.
If you're big into your active-wear, you've probably seen the term before.
With it's moisture-wicking capabilities, a bamboo quilt stays nice and dry, free from moisture build-up that is known to exacerbate certain allergies and promote the proliferation of dust mites.
Bamboo makes for naturally hypoallergenic bedding
Bamboo quilts are made from hypoallergenic natural fibres that are free from any form of pesticides or fungicides which can adversely contribute to allergies.
Being naturally hypoallergenic, bamboo fibres are odour resistant and cause fewer allergic reactions than other materials, limiting the build-up of bacteria and other microbes known to exacerbate allergies.
Bamboo is incredibly breathable and absorbent
As the heading may suggest, bamboo bedding products are highly absorbent and breathable.
The reason for this is two-fold.
- The moisture-wicking capabilities we spoke about earlier help to keep your quilt free of the nasties that come with excess body moisture and sweating throughout the night.
- Bamboo fibres create an incredibly soft, lightweight feel that regulates airflow throughout the night to keep you cool during the summer months of the year, helping to reduce flare ups of certain skin conditions such as eczema and sunburn, meaning they're great for people with sensitive skin!
Bamboo is insulated for temperature regulation
That's right, naturally lightweight bamboo quilts have this innate ability to provide unrivalled temperature regulation, which is one of the many reasons that bamboo sheets are so good for allergy sufferers as well.
The level of insulation and temperature control offered by bamboo quilts gives you a year round quilt perfect for any season. They keep you warm during winter season and cool in the summer months.
When you have perfect insulation for your body no matter the conditions, the likelihood of an allergy flare up is minimised.
Bamboo is highly durable
This is important because the last thing an allergy sufferer wants is to find a bedding product that suits their unique needs, but doesn't last for any significant period of time.
Thankfully, bamboo bedding, when looked after correctly, can last for upwards of 15 years!
Meaning, allergy sufferers can make a single purchase and reap the hypoallergenic benefits, the temperature control benefits, the antibacterial and breathability benefits for 15 years all the while sleeping under something so soft it's as if you were under a cloud.
Oh, in case you were wondering, they're machine washable too.
So with those five key features for why bamboo quilts are good for allergy sufferers, let's get into some other important questions we have a feeling you want answered.
Is cotton or bamboo better for allergies?
Bamboo fabric is a much better option than cotton to help reduce the likelihood of allergy flare-ups. Let us elaborate.
Quilts, sheets and other bedding products made from cotton tend to always be treated with a variety of harsh chemicals that contribute to allergy reactions.
Additionally, cotton is highly absorbent, but not in the same way that bamboo fabric is. With cotton, your body oils, sweat, and other forms of moisture latch onto cotton fibres and stay there, becoming a breeding ground of sorts for bacteria, allergens and dust mites.
Cotton is so absorbent in fact, that it retains up to 50% more moisture in its fibres than bamboo.
With a bamboo quilt, you'll never have to worry about an allergic reaction to certain chemicals (because there are none), or dust mites and other allergens and bacteria caused by moisture build-up.
Can you be allergic to bamboo bedding?
Being a natural eco-friendly product developed without artificial materials or chemicals, it is highly unlikely you would be allergic to bamboo bedding.
On the contrary, bamboo products exist to help those with allergies enjoy a more relaxed, comfortable and healthy night's sleep.
Whether it's for sensitive skin conditions, limiting asthma attacks, avoiding common allergens or preventing dust mite allergies, you can rest easy on a bamboo quilt knowing your bedding won't contribute to any of the aforementioned.
If avoiding allergens is what you're after, then choosing to sleep underneath a bamboo quilt will do you wonders.
And just before you go, you may have joined the dots already but if not we'll let you in on a little secret - the benefits of bamboo bedding stretch to your hair as well!
- Uncommon Path, "What Does Moisture-Wicking Mean?", April 13, 2018 (Accessed November 2021)