Last Sunday afternoon, Bailey, my husband and myself all snuck back to bed. It was pretty blissful to climb under the covers for a secret hour of slumber. We made ourselves a nest and just hung out there for a bit, reading and having cups of tea.
Up until recently though, our bedroom wasn’t such a great space for relaxing in. It always seems to be where anything that hasn’t found a home yet gets dumped, and even though we have a good mattress on our bed we haven’t previously put much thought or consideration into our bedding.
Over the last month though, I have made some conscious changes to our bedroom in order to help us get a peaceful and natural nights sleep. One of the biggest being that we have upgraded all our bedding to natural fibres. We have invested in some linen sheets, covers and cases, plus we have also switched our duvet, pillows and mattress protector for ones filled with wool from ‘Woolroom’.
Let’s just take a minute to revel in how wonderful wool is! This seems pretty appropriate as it is ‘Wool Week’ – a week designated to celebrate everything woolly! Wool is a pretty incredible material; it’s a natural resource that is renewable, it’s biodegradable, strong, durable, breathable, and easy to care for. Of course it makes brilliant bedding.
I decided to look at our bed linen and bedding specifically because even though I have been getting a good amount of sleep I was still waking up feeling unrested and just as tired. Plus I had allergies that were adding to my sense of fatigue.
After initially self-diagnosing myself with hay-fever, I realised a dust allergy was much more likely. We are currently renovating our victorian home and whenever I would rip up some carpet or take down old curtains I would suffer. This was confirmed when we spent time away in a holiday cottage with hardly any carpet and different bedding and pillows which resulted in a week of glorious sleep. It seemed obvious to look into changing our bedding at home.
I started to research dust mites and found out that if I wanted to be sure that we had no dust mites in our polyester duvet or pillows they would need washing at a temperature of 60 degrees or above. Not such a problem for our duvet, but I have never washed a pillow successfully, they always come out misshapen. Plus, it doesn’t solve the problem for good… how long until the dust mites return?
I also looked into upgrading to hypoallergenic bedding and then came across Woolroom who make bedding from British wool. Their wool bedding is the first scientifically proven woollen hypoallergenic bedding solution that is also 100% natural. Basically the dust mites can’t survive in the wool.
Since switching our bedding my allergies have improved greatly and most importantly I have been sleeping better too. I hoped my allergies would improve but I wasn’t really expecting to notice a difference in the quality of our sleep. However, both my husband and I have commented that since sleeping under our deluxe wool duvet, we feel we have been sleeping more deeply. The duvet has a lovely weight to it (heavier than a polyester filled duvet) so you feel really snug and it’s really comforting to nestle down under the covers.
I think the fact that wool is great at regulating body temperature is helping us get a better nights sleep too. It keeps us warm when we need it but is also breathable. It also means we are not playing ‘tug of war’ with the duvet during the night, as it can keep both Leo and myself at a comfortable temperature.
We chose some deluxe pillows, a deluxe duvet (super warm) and a mattress protector. Our bedroom gets pretty cold at night so the super warm (which is 14+ tog) is doing a great job at keeping us toasty warm.
The really clever thing about the deluxe pillows are that they are adjustable, so you can create the perfect pillow for you. They are full of loose wool clusters which allows you to adjust the tension of the pillow. If you want a flatter pillow you simply take some of the filling out, if you want a softer pillow you tease apart the wool clusters, and if you want a plumper pillow you simply put more filling in. I think this is such a brilliant idea and it makes personalising the comfort of your pillow so easy.
If you haven’t given any thought to what your bedding is made from, it’s definitely worth looking into. Sleep is fundamental to our well-being, not just how many hours we get but the quality of that sleep too. Surely anything we can do to help us get a better nights sleep and wake up feeling more rested and refreshed is a positive thing.
Just by making some simple adjustments to our bedroom, like clearing the clutter from the room and upgrading our bedding we have observed a big difference in our sleep patterns. By spending a bit of thought and time creating a comfy place to lay our heads, we are more likely to enjoy being in bed and fall into a deep restorative sleep.
Let us prioritise our comfort and allow ourselves a peaceful and natural nights sleep. After all, 7 hours tucked up in a gloriously snug bed and we are bound to feel happier and notice the impact on our general well-being.
This post is in collaboration with Woolroom, but as always all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the blog posts that make Geoffrey and Grace possible.