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How to sleep better with wool bedding

Dr Graham Ormondroyd is Head of Materials Research at Bangor University. 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. Graham explains how bedding – pillows, duvets, mattresses – made from wool can help you sleep better and longer.  

How does wool help you sleep better?

“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, and provides a more comfortable sleeping environment where the moisture in the atmosphere is regulated. This helps you sleep better because it reduces the risk of waking because you’re too warm or too cold.”

Are there any other benefits of using wool in bedding?

“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. It provides a very comfortable sleeping environment because it’s naturally soft and supportive. Finally, wool is a sustainable product – and that’s good news for the environment.”

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, this is a powerful accolade for wool products.”

Read more about the science behind the fibre and how sleeping with wool can improve symptoms related to the menopause. If you’re considering buying a wool duvet, wool pillow or wool mattress topper, read our blog with Devon Duvets for more information about the manufacturing of wool bedding products.

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