I do like my bed and one of the benefits of being self employed is that I can have the odd afternoon nap, or curl up under the duvet on a dull afternoon with a good book for an hour. My mother tells me that as a child I needed lots of sleep and I certainly still do. After a long sleep I feel renewed with soaring energy and concentration levels. Unfortunately in recent years I have fallen victim to insomnia, which comes and goes in patches, but after a bad bout I feel especially dreadful and have my deepest sleep between 6am and 10am, which of course breaks all the rules for good sleep practice.
For great sleep you need a comfortable bed – mine has a pocket sprung mattress – and high quality bedding. I far prefer natural fibres they allow the bedding to breathe and wick away sweat in the night.
We were recently received set of bedding from The Woolroom – a British company who make allergy friendly wool filled bedding – mattress protectors, pillows and duvets. Wool can absorb up to a third its weight in moisture which means it is supremely good at reducing humidity under the duvet, and keeping you asleep.
The mattress protector is sumptuously thick, and has a deep cotton skirt to fit the thickest of mattresses, you can open the pillows and take out or add some of the filling to adjust the softness and support. Our four season duvet comprises of two quilted duvets that pop together giving you a range of 3 – 14 tog. Both duvet and mattress protector are machine washable on a wool cycle.
The wool bedding certainly regulated my temperature better, no more going from hot to cold, or needing to stick my foot out in the middle of the night. For those used to a puffy light weight down duvet it is quite a change, and does take a good week or so to get used to it. The wool is as warm, but is both heavier and thinner and does not have the same drape and seems not to encase you in the same way. For a couple I would recommend buying a larger duvet size to make up for this.
The wool bedding is an investment, but you cannot put a price on a good night’s sleep and The Woolroom does offer a 30 day money back guarantee and you can go and stay in a hotel that uses their bedding to “test sleep” it. Double bedding set £409.96 – currently on offer at £286.97.
Our bedroom has glorious Sanderson patterned curtains, which we love, but it does necessitate finding neutral or green bed linen, which is inexplicably hard to find in most shops – blue, pink and yellow abound but not that much taupe or green with a subtle pattern. Soak and Sleep who have a massive selection of bed linen, came to our rescue with a beautiful 100% cotton set with a 400 thread count, neutral stone colour, a subtle satin stripe and Oxford corners. After several washes the cotton is still beautifully smooth, has a lovely drape and is very easy to iron. The bedding set costs around £65 for double duvet cover, two pillow cases and fitted sheet – a bargain for the quality and Soak & Sleep will be my first stop the next time we need new bed linen.
Thank you to The Wool Room and Soak & Sleep for review samples. All opinions are our own.