Wool does make a difference to the sleeping environment because it is thermally regulating, hypoallergenic and resists dust mites, is naturally fire retardant, sustainable and biodegradable.
Wool is a hygroscopic fiber that takes up moisture in vapor form and is able to absorb 30 percent of its weight before it feels wet. This unique characteristic allows wool to adjust to a person’s body temperature when used as bedding material. This body regulating feature creates the perfect temperature for sleep. Wool keeps the body warm without overheating in winter and cools by absorbing moisture in warmer seasons. Wool’s moisture wicking powers also abate hot flashes and night sweats, resulting in a deeper sleep.
Dust mites don’t like wool. They have fragile exoskeletons and thrive in an environment that is warm and moist. Wool’s moisture wicking properties keep the sleeping area dry and warm. Other fibers such as feather down or cotton don’t release moisture readily and are more welcoming to dust mites.
Wool’s inner core of moisture and lanolin covering resists flames and is considered fire retardant. Wool stops burning when a flame is removed and wool bedding is able to pass flame retardant tests without the use of added toxic fire retardant chemicals.
Wool is a renewal resource. As long as there are sheep, we will have access to wool. When disposed of, wool will biodegrade and not pollute the environment, unlike synthetic fibers. Wool buried in soil breaks down within six months.
For allergy sufferers or anyone looking for a more comfortable and satisfying sleeping environment, wool is a great investment!
Cecilia “CeCe” Tkaczyk, a sheep farmer and knitter for more than 20 years, is the owner CeCe’s Wool Yarns and More, located at Hamilton Square Mall, 2080 Western Ave., in Guilderland. For more information, call 518-779-9985 or visit CeCesWool.com.