Australian pillow manufacturer Tontine has developed a new pillow for asthma sufferers. According to the manufacturer, the Tontine Sleep Angel™ pillow has a filter which prevents bugs and allergens which are common triggers of asthma attacks, from entering into the pillow.
According to Asthma Australia one in ten Australian adults and children suffer from asthma. Living well with asthma means less symptoms and being able to do the things you enjoy. Understanding how to reduce exposure to asthma triggers such as dust mites can lead to a happier and healthier life.
Mould and dust mites, which contain a number of extremely potent allergens, can trigger an asthma attack, allergies and other respiratory diseases. These nasties love to grow in our pillow from the warmth and moisture we sweat from our bodies, using nutrients from our dead skin cells to grow right under our noses. With only one person in the bed, the amount of sweat produced each night is normally around 250ml. If there is more than one person in the bed, it can be as much as 500ml per person.
The Tontine Sleep Angel™ pillow assists in keeping these common triggers out of the pillow. Furthermore, the pillow’s surface can easily be wiped down to remove any substance that may have been deposited overnight.
Ginni Mansberg, General Practitioner and Family Health Expert says “Asthma can be debilitating. I have seen how this can affect the whole family. Sufferers are often looking for simple solutions to assist in managing their condition.”
“Having a pillow which stops bugs and allergens from entering it and breeding, in addition to a surface which can be easily wiped down on a regular basis, is a great simple way of reducing these triggers,” said Dr Mansberg.
Mycologia Australia, one of Australia’s leading environmental consultancy & laboratories specialising in environmental mycology, recently conducted research on the Sleep Angel pillow.
Dr Heike Neumeister-Kemp CEO of Mycologia Australia said “The testing proved that there was no penetration into the pillow of mould unless the lining had been compromised. On a normal day to day basis, keeping the pillow in a relatively dry environment and airing it from time to time should help prevent any growth of mould on the lining. There is no need to clean the lining with any chemicals to prevent fungal growth if the pillow is in a relatively dry environment.”
Tontine Sleep Angel™ pillows (RRP $119.95) are available online at www.tontine.com.au, from selected major department stores, discount department stores and specialty stores across Australia.