How Going Green with Natural Bedding Can Help You Sleep Better at Night

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Joy Richards - May 28, 2019 Hi, I’m Joy - Happy Beds' Sleep Specialist. Aside from Italian food and my three lovely boys, nothing makes me happier than helping our customers find what works for them, and how they can make the most of their forty winks.

How Going Green with Natural Bedding Can Help You Sleep Better at Night

Going green has become a trend in society and there are many environmental benefits of choosing to lead this lifestyle, however living a greener life isn’t only beneficial to the planet. Did you know that eco-friendly living can impact our health, helping us to sleep better?

Here you can learn how introducing natural bedding into your home can improve the quality of shuteye you get each night.

Wool Keeps Skin Dry and Comfortable

The next time you choose bedding, it’s worth putting as much thought into the material as you would into the design.

I’m a sucker for beautiful bedding. With a house full of boys, it’s pretty much the only aspect of my home that I can count on to look the part – most of the time, the house looks completely and utterly chaotic. However, after discovering that natural bedding, such as wool, can positively impact quality of sleep, I now pay more attention to the material when choosing duvet covers and pillow cases to adorn my bed.

Wool blankets on bed

Scientists at the University of Sydney have conducted ongoing studies into wool and sleep, and believe that wool improves sleep because it absorbs the sweat we produce at night, keeping skin dry and comfortable.

The study involved eight healthy volunteers, who slept on wool, cotton and synthetic bedding at three different temperatures: hot, neutral and cold. It was revealed that wool produced a deeper and longer sleep, with the difference at high temperatures most extreme.

Volunteers had an average night’s sleep of seven hours and 28 minutes with wool bedding. Whereas, volunteers that slept with synthetic bedding had an average night’s sleep of seven hours and 6 minutes. While cotton performed better than synthetic bedding, it didn’t perform as well as wool.

Andrea Grace, child sleep expert and trained health visitor and nurse, has said: “It doesn’t surprise me that children sleep better on wool bedding as the natural fibres are likely to help regulate temperature. I would, however, advise parents to check their babies aren’t allergic to lanolin first if they are tempted to try wool.”

Wool is completely natural, of course, so by opting for wool bedding, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment and helping improve your sleep quality.

Baby sleeping in wool

The Benefits of Natural Bedding

Opting for natural bedding is much more than simply making your boudoir green. It’s about creating the perfect space for a good night’s sleep. Natural bedding is, of course, kinder to the environment, but it can also help you sleep well every night. Here’s how:

It’s Comfortable

Comfort is key to a good night’s sleep. Wool and down will provide you with more support during the night as these materials are resistant to flattening. They’re also lightweight and soft, further enhancing your level of comfort.

It Helps Regulate the Body’s Temperature

As mentioned earlier, wool helps to regulate the body’s temperature. When you’re too hot, wool passes the heat away from the body and when you’re too cold, it keeps the heat in. Being too hot or too cold at night can have a huge effect on your sleep but, with its natural properties, wool can successfully regulate your temperature – just like it would on sheep!

 

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