Sleep is my profession, which means I am always reading about the latest science about sleep and also seeking out quality products that can help my clients. I need to tell you about one that I just bought and which my wife and I are absolutely in love with. I think it is the best comforter to buy.
A quick recap, our family just recently moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the amazing city of Marquette. The weather can get a little extreme up here with big fluctuations in temperature and in the winter, some pretty cold temps. One of the things I wanted to purchase was a new comforter for our bed. I had my sights set on a specific one and boy I am glad I did. It is the Cool Wool Comforter from You Are What You Sleep. Wool you say??? Isn’t that itchy and hot? No, no my friend. This comforter is glorious. So much so we don’t want to get out of bed in the morning and just stare out at Lake Superior.
Let me give you a quick run down of why I wanted a wool comforter over some of the alternatives that are out there.
1). Thermoregulation – Fancy way of saying temperature control. Body temp is probably the biggest contributing factor to how well you sleep at night. To facilitate sleep your body needs to cool down and stay cool through the night. Then to wake up, the body warms itself back up. The majority of the bedding materials actually trap heat and moisture. Down, polyester, down alternatives, and cotton. Combine that with the foam mattresses and toppers that are out there it creates a greenhouse effect under your covers.
This could be a big reason why you are waking up in the middle of the night. You have thoroughly warmed up under the blankets that your body can’t cool itself anymore and so it increases your heart rate and breathing rate to try and cool itself more. Those sound like things that happen when you are awake, not when you are supposed to be sleeping. And that is just what happens. You wake up fairly alert and have a hard time falling back asleep until your body cools down again.
Wool allows your body to breathe and allows hot air to escape, while at the same time insulating you at a comfortable temp. It also can absorb up to ⅓ of its weight in moisture before feeling wet. If you are a hot sleeper or experience hot flashes at night. This could be a game changer for you.
2). Sustainability – Wool is earth friendly and is sustainable. Polyester on the other hand is manufactured from crude oil. The wool used in the Cool Wool comforter comes from the sheep of Australia. I wanted something that was high quality and was also less impactful to Mother Earth.
3). Hypo-Allergenic – Allergies lead to stuffy nose and congestion. Not being able to breathe properly at night leads to mouth breathing. Mouth breathing leads to a lower quality sleep and dehydrates you faster at night. Along with being hypo-allergenic, wool is also anti-dust mite, flame resistant, and washable.
The comforter is super soft and has enough weight to it to make you feel snug at night without the feeling of a heavy blanket. I have been really happy with my purchase.
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