Discover Wool by Marcia Underwood
The Mayo Clinic reports 1 out of 10 people are allergic to dust mites if, “when in bed, sneezing, occurs, runny nose, nasal congestion occur as well as itchy, watery eyes, postnasal drip tickling the throat.” (Actually the dust mites’ feces is the culprit.)
While sleeping, a warm, humid sleep environment is naturally created. Everyone generates body heat and perspiration; we all perspire and respire about a cup of moisture every night. When moisture is trapped in the mattress and builds, our body temperature rises; there is continued sweating, and the heart rate and blood pressure rise. We become uncomfortable and wake up. Our attempt at sleep has given our bodies a workout, in place of rejuvenating, peaceful sleep.
An average number of body movements during sleep is somewhere between 50 to 80. This can be reduced to 18-20 with a beneficial sleeping surface. The human body has approximately 700 muscles, most of which require relaxation during sleep. Should the sleeping surface lack adequate comfort to ease pressure points in the body, there will be an increase in these movements as the body searches for relief. By adding more comfort and pressure relief to the sleeping surface, the amount of tossing and turning will decrease. This decrease will increase valued REM sleep.
What’s the answer to this thriving dust mite community in our beds and pillows? What can be done about the moisture build-up in our sleep environment? How can comfort be added to a bed and a healthier sleep environment be created?
The answer is “WOOL BEDDING!”
Wool breathes. Wool wicks moisture away from the body allowing the moisture to evaporate. Wool also acts much like a thermos by maintaining core body temperature during sleep.
Wool is affective at preventing overheating. The humidity level and warmth is now controlled by the wool. Dust mites require moisture to live; wool prevents the retention of moisture and dust mites cannot survive. An additional benefit from sleeping with wool bedding is noted. Not only is there an absence of allergy-causing dust mites, but also an absence of chemicals and VOC’s, (toxins) due to the “Biowash” treatment of the wool. There is a wholesome and priceless goodness to wool bedding.
It is reported that wool is a natural genius at reducing discomfort of pressure points, arthritis, and fibromyalgia; wool adds buoyancy to the top sleeping surface of a mattress. Additionally, studies are showing the resting heart rate during sleep while on bedding made of synthetic material, or pure down, are higher than during sleep on wool bedding. Down and synthetic materials create a microclimate, warmer and moisture-ridden. As The body works to cool down, an increase of the heart rate results, and people are more likely to wake up tired.
Research is also discovering people fall asleep more quickly when sleeping on wool than on synthetic bedding, meaning people stay asleep in the REM phase longer. They wake up refreshed, energized.
Dedicated to your health.
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