All you need to know about wool bedding
Did you know that wool is naturally...
- resistant to dust mites, mildew, mould and moisture
- relaxation inducing – it lowers heart rate
- temperature regulating
- ethical – it does not require sacrificing the life of an animal
- appropriate for all climates
- flame resistant
Why is wool hypoallergenic?
Wool fibres have evolved over time to protect sheep’s health in the extreme weather conditions they are exposed to. The fibres of their wool have the ability to absorb and evaporate moisture in order to keep the sheep dry and healthy. Bacteria, fungus and dust mites simply cannot survive in a dry inhospitable environment, so the woollen fleece protects the sheep from these harmful irritants.
Dust mites are a major trigger of night time allergy symptoms, such as asthma. The mites love to make their homes in synthetic and down materials as they retain moisture and provide a better living habitat for the mite’s growth, whereas the dry environment of wool is uninhabitable. Allergy sufferers often experience restless sleep due to the irritating symptoms caused by dust mites, but by investing in wool bedding products, the triggers are minimised and sufferers can enjoy the full night of deep, undisturbed sleep they deserve.
How does wool regulate my temperature?
Wool duvets don’t have a standard tog rating, but are measured in GSM (grams per square meter). Tog rating measures the insulating properties of synthetics, but wool does more than insulate – it regulates, meaning depending on your body temperature a wool duvet could be warmer than polyester, but it could be cooler also. Let’s take sheep for example – their wool fibres have evolved to keep sheep coolwhen it's hot, and warm when it's cool. This is important so that sheep don't overheat as their fleece grows thicker and thicker.
This works exactly the same with wool bedding, so when your body is cold the wool fibres trap a layer of insulating air to keep you warm, while if you are warm and begin to sweat the wool will draw moisture away from your skin and this evaporation process cools the body. The resulting dry environment is inhospitable for dust mites and bacteria, so it keeps these allergy triggers to a minimum. Heat and sweat are also major irritants of eczema, so this bedding is also ideal for sufferers of this skin disease.
When sharing a bed using wool bedding, both individuals body temperature will be regulated separately, making this the ideal solution for couples who prefer different levels of warmth from their duvet.
It is important to remember that due to its temperature regulating features wool bedding can be used throughout the year.
How does wool bedding induce relaxation?
Your body is always hard at work striving to regulate your body temperature while you sleep, so if your body is already at the ideal temperature thanks to wool bedding products, your heart rate and metabolism slow down and this results in a more restful and restorative sleep.
Browse our extensive range of wool bedding and begin to enjoy the deep undisturbed sleep you deserve.