Wool is naturally breathable making it a very efficient temperature regulator and resistant to clamminess. Its natural elasticity means it stretches when pressed, before springing back gently to its natural shape. Because of wool’s natural benefits, a good night’s sleep can be easily achieved while sleeping on or under wool.
Today the bedroom is much more than a place for sleeping – it is a retreat from the stresses of day-to-day life. Wool naturally provides the perfect mix of strength and softness that allows us to feel safe, secure and comfortable. Wool bedding products include quilts, underblankets, pillows, comfort tops, mattress layers, blankets and sleeping bags.
Wool bedding is renowned the world over for its outstanding quality and performance.
Sleep better with wool
The Woolmark Company is currently funding sleep research studies with three organisations: University of Sydney, RMIT University and the Norwegian Institute of Consumer Research (SIFO).
The Woolmark Company-funded research at the University of Sydney has found that sleeping in wool apparel can promote the ease of falling asleep and enhance deep sleep.
Work at RMIT University utilises a life-sized manikin (named ‘Newton’) to compare the insulation properties of wool and polyester filled doonas.
Preliminary results indicate a distinct difference in microclimate humidity within the bed, with wool moderating both the humidity peaks and troughs and consequently providing a more stable environment for sleeping.
The Woolmark Company-funded study at SIFO involves market research to gain an overview of barriers that need to be overcome to increase the adoption of wool as a bed-textile.
The research concentrates on the two neighbouring countries, Norway and Sweden, with very similar climates and culture, but with very different adoption rates on the use of wool.
Types of bedding
There are many different types of wool bedding. Why not source some wool suppliers today.
Woven wool blankets provide traditional comfort combined with an extensive array of designs, textures, sizes, weights and fashionable colours. The amazing versatility and variety of woven blankets allows you to pick a blanket to match your own unique style and requirements.
Tufted blankets have a high, light pile. They are soft and fluffy to the touch with a springy texture.
The honeycomb-like weave of cellular blankets allows maximum air circulation during warmer weather to efficiently regulate body temperature.
Wool underblankets offer you amazing value and peace of mind. The natural ergonomics of wool underblankets relieve pressure points and give the body more even support.
Wool pile underblankets, or mattress overlays, are designed to fit easily over a mattress and under a sheet. Wool underblankets help to protect mattress surfaces from body oils and perspiration, reducing cleaning and maintenance costs and extending the life of bedding.
Tufted underblankets are be made by a process whereby short, or long (often known as Flokati) tufts of wool are individually inserted into a pre-woven backing using a needling technique.
Sliver Knit underblankets
Sliver knit underblankets are made using a process which converts wool fibres directly to fabric without the need to produce a yarn. Individual wool fibres are interlocked into the base structure as an integral part of the knitting process.
The resultant pile fabrics are very similar in appearance to natural sheepskin. Most products are produced with a synthetic yarn backing and an adhesive backcoating to bind the fibres into the knitted base.
Wool-filled quilts, comforters and pillows
Wool-filled bedding products provide a desirable, luxurious alternative to those made with down/feather or polyester.
Wool quilts are more comfortable than polyester because of the wool fibre's superior thermal insulation and moisture absorption qualities.
The cushion effect, or resilience, of the pillow is vital and is determined by the ability of the filling fibre to trap air. Wool is a popular choice for pillow filling, and for filled pillow covers, because of its natural resilience and its thermal qualities.
A mattress with a wool top layer provides the comfort and luxury needed for restful sleep and additional insulation to help the body to maintain the optimum sleeping temperature. Mattresses may be filled entirely with wool, but today’s newer models are made with a top layer of wool.
Similar to a wool-filled quilt, the mattress topper is a product with higher density to allow for resting body weight.