A natural fibre, wool has a great story to tell, with its eco-credentials propelling the fibre into the health and wellbeing industries. Science is showing that wool bedding and sleepwear appear to promote a better night’s sleep, and medical studies reveal the therapeutic benefits of superfine Merino wool, particularly for eczema sufferers.
Close contact: wool for eczema
Many of us have broken out in a rash at least once in our lives – heat rash, stress rash, or some other nasty. But spare a thought for those who suffer from constant breakouts, or for babies too young to understand what this intense itchy, dry skin is. Eczema sufferers have dysfunctional skin that dries out, which can lead to cracked skin, bacterial infection, redness, scratching and itching. However, in a major medical breakthrough, wool has been found to be therapeutic to the skin, providing a natural treatment for eczema that reduces the need for traditional medicines.
The science of sleep
Falling asleep faster may now be easier than you think, and whilst it doesn’t involve actually counting sheep, it does involve wearing wool. Scientific studies have tested the sleep of both older and younger adults and found that wool helps keep the body in the "thermal comfort zone" most conducive to restful sleep. When wearing Merino wool, older adults are falling asleep at least 10 minutes faster than when wearing other fibres, and younger adults are getting at least four minutes extra sleep in wool, than if wearing other fibres.