If you are looking to improve your sleep then you should look no further than wool. Wool has been proven to improve your sleep up to 25%.
We speak to Dr Graham Ormondroyd, Head of Materials Research at Bangor University. And discuss how wool bedding (pillows, duvets, mattresses) can help you sleep better and longer.
With a background in natural materials science. Graham has published numerous research papers on the benefits of biomaterials, such as wool, and their ability to replace plastics.
“Wool is a functional fibre. It has many practical and useful benefits, such as taking in and giving out moisture and heat. This helps you regulate your body temperature throughout the night. Providing a more comfortable sleeping environment for you to sleep better and reducing the risk of waking because you’re too warm or too cold.”
“Wool is hypoallergenic because it doesn’t allow dust mites and bed mites to flourish. It also has a natural resistance to fungi and mould, so if you suffer from allergies or breathing conditions, using wool bedding can help you sleep better throughout the night.”
Graham also mentions that wool “provides a very comfortable sleeping environment because it’s naturally soft and supportive.”
Graham has also carried out several research projects focusing on the ability of wool to absorb ‘volatile organic compounds’ (VOCs) in our work and home environments. The research suggests that installing wool carpets, curtains and soft furnishings could actually improve air quality. “We found that wool is able to absorb a range of potentially harmful chemicals coming from cleaning fragrances, paint, glue and furniture, which became bound to the structure of the fibres. When we consider that VOCs have been connected to cancer and breathing problems, it is a powerful accolade for wool products.”
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