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Expect the Unexpected: Wool Bedding

sferra-dorsey-throw-1Wool. It’s always been portrayed as itchy, scratchy, and hot. But has anyone ever thought that maybe we’re all just living a lie?

Wool is actually a lot more versatile than most people think, and a lot of this is because it’s a natural fiber. It’s not man-made, and it doesn’t require chemicals to be processed into something functional and comfortable. The qualities that stem from these characteristics mean that wool creates a healthy sleep environment. Plus, wool can help you sleep more deeply.

One of the best traits of wool is that its fiber structure doesn’t retain moisture. The fibers are semi-permeable, so it absorbs any moisture and allows it to evaporate. This means that the fibers closest to your skin remain dry. This is especially great if you are a sweaty sleeper. So if you have wool bedding, it’s not going to grow mold, mildew, or any other kinds of microbes; it also won’t retain a gross smell.

This same quality allows wool to regulate your body temperature. So if you are a hot sleeper, or even a sweaty sleeper, wool will draw excess heat and moisture away from your body. At the same time, that layer of fibers closest to your body remains dry, which retains heat at the surface of your skin, keeping you warm in cold months.

Additionally, wool is hypoallergenic. Because chemicals aren’t used in the production of woolen goods, the only potential allergen in wool is the lanolin, which is the oil found in wool fibers. Very few people are allergic to lanolin, but far, far more are allergic to the harsh chemicals that are used in the manufacture of many other fabrics.

What’s even cooler, and even something unexpected, is that wool actually can lower your heart rate. Scientists at the Polytechnic Institute of Wales conducted a study measuring the physical effects of various fibers on human sleep, and they discovered that people who slept with wool bedding experienced a lower heart rate. A lower heart rate results in deeper, more restful sleep; this leads to a more energized day once you wake up.

Even though wool seems like a nontraditional choice for bedding, it’s actually a great way to increase the quality of your sleep, and therefore, your life. It’s also a nice choice if you prefer natural materials and more eco-friendly manufacturing methods.

We carry several kinds of wool bedding, including pillows, comforters, and mattress pads. Isn’t it nice to know that simply switching out your bedding can result in better sleep? I guess it’s true what they say: all’s wool that ends wool.

What Is CertiPUR-US®?

There is a prominent shift in the bedding, mattress, and furniture industry toward all-natural and eco-friendly products. More and more people are calling for it, and more and more manufacturers are responding by making things that they claim are “green.” One of the best ways to know if you are buying a product that truly is eco-friendly is to see if it is certified by CertiPUR-US®.

CertiPUR-US® is a voluntary program that allows companies to apply to have the CertiPUR-US® seal and reputation applied to their foam products, which lets customers know that the foam meets very specific manufacture and content standards. Many consumers are still wary of the effects that polyurethane foam can have on their health and the environment, so knowing that your new piece of bedding or furniture is certified by CertiPUR-US® can help you make a smart decision when purchasing.

Any company that wants certification must follow three important steps and meet several strict foam construction standards. CertiPUR-US® only approves foams that fulfill these criteria:

  • Must be made without substances that weaken the ozone
  • Must be made without PBDE flame retardants, which reduce human fertility
  • Must be made without mercury, lead, and similar metals
  • Must be made without formaldehyde
  • Must be made without phthalates
  • Must have a low Volatile Organic Compound emission rate of under 0.5 parts per million

These standards have been developed by leading chemists, environmentalists, and industry leaders, so they’re not arbitrary. Their purpose is to protect both you and the environment from potentially harmful ingredients and manufacturing processes.

CertiPUR-US® provides an entire list of brands who have applied for and received certification, which allows you to shop for and purchase bedding and furniture that is safer for your family and the earth. Linensforliving carries a number of these brands, including products from Malouf, Ashley Sleep, and even big mattress companies such as Simmons, Serta, and Sealy. Check us out today for all your eco-friendly bedding needs.