To live well, we need to sleep well. For our first blog, we at fou furnishings® thought healthy sleep habits was a topical theme as well as a link to organic cotton and wool bedding. Read on for common complaints that trouble our slumber and how making the bedding organic can help to foster healthy sleep habits for regular, restful and rejuvenating sleep.
The importance and benefit of regular, restful sleep to our well-being is well researched and increasingly newsworthy. Below are five healthy sleep habits and the slumber grumbles that they address.
- Comfortable and breathable bed linen
Slipping into uncomfortable bed linen can hinder us getting off to sleep. The poor breathability of polyester cotton mix bed linen can also wake you up during the night as the body overheats. Consider which bed linen fabric feels best next to your skin. Soft sateen is lovely to snuggle into in winter and crisp percale can feel cooling in summer. The feel and breathability of luxury 100% organic cotton bed linen will make you feel more comfortable and sleep will come more easily.
- Sleeping at the preferred temperature
The body needs to be cool to switch on our ‘sleep mechanism’. A bedroom or bedding that makes us too hot will prevent our body temperature cooling. Too cold can also hinder sleep. The ideal temperature is around 18 to 21 degrees Celsius. Your preferred sleeping temperature can be created with an organic wool duvet which is naturally temperature regulating all through the night. An Alpaca wool duvet will also work with your body through the separate phases of sleep to help achieve a restful night’s sleep.
- Work towards an allergen-free bedroom
If you are an allergy sufferer, choosing hypoallergenic bed linens and bedding will help you create and allergen-free bedroom. Organic cotton bed linen is free from toxins that can cause allergic reactions on contact, perfect for even the most sensitive skins. An organic cotton mattress protector will protect your mattress and provide a sleep barrier from dust mites. Organic wool is also naturally hypoallergenic. Alpaca wool fibre absorbs moisture and quickly wicks it away, providing a dry and healthy sleep environment which inhibits bacteria and dust mites. Definitely a plus for healthy sleep habits.
- Sleeping on a properly made mattress
The importance of a properly made mattress to our sleep cannot be underestimated. A properly made mattress will help you to spend more time in a deep restful sleep. Given the cost of investing in a good quality mattress, questions and benefits to our sleep are increasingly being asked before we try or buy. Relevant questions to ask beyond the obvious comfort and bounce test are, how the mattress is built? What are the inside fill and outside cover? Where was the mattress made? An organic wool mattress will provide comfort, natural support and ensure breathability – keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Abaca’s organic mattresses are also built to last; each hand stitched and tufted with lots of Welsh wool so you are not counting sheep for long.
- Healthy Sleep Quality
The quality of organic bedding and its contribution to your sleep, from the raw material to the design and making of the finished sleep product, really matter to organic textile companies and producers. The organic cotton bed linen that fou furnishings® sources from India are made from superior varieties of organic cotton to improve quality. The organic wool that goes into fou perfectly structured duvets and plump pillows can be traced, as every product is numbered. Abaca has applied its organic expertise and experience of how best to build a mattress to develop mattress fillings which ensure your mattress and its comfort will last for as long as possible.
Organic bedding is the link to fostering these healthy sleep habits; helping you to create an environment that promotes peaceful, uninterrupted sleep.
Written by Stephanie McIntosh, Founder fou furnishings®
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