The modern mattress is what makes modern sleep possible. It’s soft so that the body fits into it yet supportive to maintain posture while in a completely rested state. The only fly in the ointment is that the mattress could be a resting place for allergic substances and for mites or other tiny creatures that escape from your resting body or fall to the mattress from other sources.
Dust mites are an example. Dust mites may land on the mattress with hairy dust pet dander floating in the air. They are tiny ugly creatures related to spiders. They have so little weight that they can float on household breezes and land helter-skelter. Dust mites love the warmth of mattresses and feed on discarded skin cells. The excretions from dust mites cause allergic reactions in many people. People may react by night time itching, or respiratory congestion, sneezing or coughing.
The idea then is to find a product to sleep on that would protect the sleeper from the mattress. It should be a product that would not itself be a source of allergens. This product is the waterproof mattress protector. Waterproof mattress protectors provide a layer between the sleeper and the mattress through which no mite-born allergens or other irritants can pass. Yet it should be a cover that provides comfort and encourages healthy sleep. Several mattress protector products follow.
The Luna Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector and The Sleep Tite Malouf Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector afford a basic layer of protection. They are designed in a fitted sheet style which leaves the bottom of the mattress exposed. Although the fitted sheet design does not completely isolate the mattress, a lot of people like it because of ease of washing. Airflow technology allows air to pass through the fabric to the mattress but repels liquids. The cotton surface is a hyper-allergenic terry cloth that is soft and naturally absorbs moisture.
The SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector – Vinyl, PVC and Phthalate Free and the LinenSpa Premium Hypoallergenic 100% Waterproof Mattress Protector add a membrane under the upper terry cloth layer to further insulate the sleeper from the mattress. They also use a fitted sheet design.
The Sleep Tite by Malouf Encase Mattress Protector with Six-Sided Zipper Encasement fully isolates the mattress by enclosing both top and bottom using a six zipper closure design. The panel can be removed for easy laundering. This protector would prevent bed-bugs from nesting in the mattress.
Mattress protectors are designed to isolate the sleeper from the mattress without reducing the comfort and posture supporting qualities of the mattress. Protection products vary as to the kind and level of protection provided.