One of the biggest problems I have with my bed is how to make it comfortable for both me and the husband. We are a stereotypical couple in that I need warmth and cosiness and he needs to be cool and comfortable. Added to which, we sleep in a converted attic which is inheritantly hot and stuffy in the summer creating a difficult bedding situation. The biggest problem is when we transition from one season to another. How do you keep your sleep on track and your bed comfortable for both of you?
Well let me tell you about wool bedding, particularly that which I’ve been trying out from Woolroom. You can find out more about it HERE, but let’s dig into some of the products that have been keeping us cool and comfy over the last few weeks.
Firstly I’ve added a mattress topper to the bed, for two reasons. Our mattress is beautiful but very firm, much firmer than we expected it to be after testing, and whilst we’ve got used to that now, the idea of a mattress topper to just give it an edge of softness really appeals to me. I’ve had them before; my youngest has one on her double bed and loves it, so I know how great they can make your mattress feel.
Also, this is where the transition part comes in. Summer in a loft bedroom is very warm, sometimes too warm but that’s the price you pay I guess. In Autumn/Winter it becomes cooler and we keep it as cool as we can, so the additional warmth from the mattress topper will help keep the bed cosy for me, but as it’s filled with 100% wool, it will still be cool enough for the husband.
You might be wondering about the benefits of wool filled bedding so let me explain.
The basic premise is that it keeps you cool when it’s warm, and warm when it’s cool. Woolroom sells luxury wool bedding made from the finest British wool, which is scientifically proven to sleep quality, and provide up to 25% more stage 4 regenerative sleep.
Wool is a natural insulator so it easily keeps you warm in the winter, whilst natural breathable qualities keep you cool in summer. It’s also a natural wicking fibre, so taking moisture away from you and allowing it into the air. This helps keep us more comfortable in our beds whilst we sleep.
Furthermore, it’s durable, naturally wrinkle resistant and fire retardant.
Then a big one for me and our family. It’s hypoallergenic. The husband has allergies, including asthma, so bedding that won’t exacerbate his symptoms is essential.
Finally, it’s biodegradable and sustainable. Wool is a renewable product that’s shorn from sheep annually and it’s kinder to the environment than oil-based synthetics, which contribute to global pollution.
So, the next product I’ve been trying is the wool pillow. This one is a new concept for me, and not something I’ve ever tried before. There’s a full selection to choose from in the pillow section on Woolroom’s website, but we’ve road tested the Deluxe Wool Pillow with adjustable tension. We were really excited to try this as we’ve been quite warm in the loft in the last few weeks and you’ll be pleased to know, it works! Suffice to say, there’s much less perspiration!
One thing to note is the adjustable tension with this particular product. A zip allows you to remove some of the wool from the pillow should you find it too firm. That’s exactly what I had to do. Being used to a softer feather pillow, the wool pillow was too ‘full’ and firm for me so after the first night I removed a third of the wool, and found it much more comfortable on my neck. Perfect. My husband is particularly happy with his pillow, it’s pretty much a game changer for him.
Then finally, our last wool bedding piece is the wool duvet. I’ll admit, the idea of a wool duvet confused me at first. I just couldn’t see how it would be cool and comfortable and really expected not to like it. However, I must say, I’m a convert.
We’ve tried the Deluxe Wool Duvet – Light 3-6 Tog. I know from past experience that we don’t need a high tog duvet until the depths of the winter in the loft bedroom, but I wasn’t sure if this would be cool enough for the very hot nights, and cosy enough for the chilly British summer evenings.
The verdict? It’s ideal. I love the softness and feel; it pretty much feels like a goose feather filled duvet, and I do love a duvet to wrap me up. The husband is happy as he’s not getting all hot and uncomfortable in the night, and I’m feeling warm and cosy, without overheating.
We are very happy with this set up and can see it taking us through the end of the summer, into autumn and probably beyond.
If you’re looking to update your bedding, I would highly recommend Woolroom, and their wool bedding products. I suspect we will have to invest in another wool duvet for the very cold months but I’ve a convert now, that’s for sure.
And if you’re looking to find out more about wool bedding, the benefits and why you should buy, this is a great article that explains it all in great detail.
Have you ever tried wool bedding on your bed?
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