Sustainable, natural and organic are three qualities I look for in the foods I consume and the products I use. As I continue to learn more about what goes into many fast consumer goods and the effects that can have on our bodies, I’ve become more intentional in my buying practices. I never really thought much about my bedding; I’d buy it from a name-brand home store and assumed that meant it would check all the boxes. Recently, I learned about another option made of an unexpected material: wool.
Wool is just wool, right? Wrong. When I think of wool, heavy winter blankets, turtleneck sweaters and camp socks come to mind. Maybe I was oblivious for thinking there was just one kind of wool. But it makes sense: Different types of wool come from different kinds of sheep, just like different types of wines come from different kinds of grapes.
Woolroom, a U.K. bedding company that recently launched in the United States, has developed a solution for clean sleep. Founded in 2008, the company has grown into a major brand, selling everything from duvets and pillows to mattresses and mattress toppers.
So what exactly is clean sleep? Woolroom has done extensive research to prove wool’s effectiveness when it comes to quality of sleep and wellness benefits. More typical bedding products made of polyester, down and feather are flammable and can trap body heat and attract dust mites. Wool, on the other hand, has a long list of pluses. It is temperature-regulating and therefore adapts to the individual sleeper. It’s also naturally hypoallergenic, flame-retardant, air-purifying and antibacterial. Plus wool is one of the few truly renewable and sustainable fibers in existence. I can even track my Woolroom comforter’s contents back to the family farm it came from using the QR code on the packaging.
I learned we spend approximately 26 years in our bed throughout our lifetime. That’s a long time to spend with a subpar comforter getting subpar sleep. Sleeping with wool products can take some getting used to (usually about a week). So far, I have slept extremely well and received one of my highest Sleep IQ scores ever. I’m excited to continue to reap the benefits of wool and see the difference it has on the quality of my sleep in the long run. If I can do good for the environment and my body while snoozing, I’m all for it.