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Do you dream of sleeping in a safe, comfortable environment, naturally resting better and longer? Studies show that wool bedding and sleepwear can help you do exactly that. And most recently, Merino wool bedding was recognised by a leading international standards body as “asthma and allergy friendly.”
Read on to learn more about why you should be sleeping with wool.
Wool and Sleep: the Impact
Uninterrupted sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, as it positively influences stress levels, the ability to concentrate and even body weight. Wearing wool can assist with every aspect of sleep.
Wool is a brilliant fibre for both bedding and sleepwear because of its natural wicking ability, regulating the body’s temperature and allowing for deeper, longer sleep. Research conducted at the University of Sydney has shown that wool sleepwear can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep, and reduces fragmented sleeping.
The natural properties of wool make it an ideal choice for mattresses and bedding. Many types of wool can be used for these. Bedding is one of the several traditional uses of IWTO Member British Wool. British wool brands like Devon Duvets, Southdown Duvets, Luna Textiles and The Little Green Sheep are British wool certified meaning they use a high content of wools grown naturally in the UK. By grazing, wool sheep also help preserve local landscapes, making wool one of the most sustainable fibres available. Read more about wool sustainability here.
Wool Is Healthy for the Skin
Most wool items intended for close contact, such as blankets, sleepwear and other bedding products, use soft wools such as Merino. Wool duvets will contain fluffy, first grade wools and are often covered in fine cotton.
In addition, Merino wool bedding has been officially recognised as asthma and allergy friendly by Allergy Standards Limited, which now offers a certification for Merino wool bedding products.
In making its decision, ASL found that suitably selected superfine Merino products are healthy for the skin, especially for those with the most sensitive skin. This is because Superfine Merino wool fibres bend easily, causing minimal or no skin irritation.
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Babies Love Wool
Wool, a protein-based fibre made of keratin (the same as human hair) helps regulate body temperature, reducing risk of overheating. Fossil oil-based fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon do not have this ability.
Newborns, and especially underweight newborns, use an incredible amount of energy just trying to keep warm, and research has shown that dressing babies in wool and letting them sleep on wool fibres helps babies maintain the energy reserves they need to grow.
Wool underlays and clothing help to wick away the sweat, thus regulating body temperature, as well as providing enough insulation to keep babies warm and comfortable all night long.
Sleep on Sustainable Wool Today
Here at the International Wool Textile Organisation, we understand the important impact wool is having across the globe and how wool impacts sleep for so many. For more wool sleep facts, download our free Fact Sheet.
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