How A Wool Mattress Helps You Sleep In The Heat
Tossing and turning at night due to your bedroom being like an oven is no fun for anyone. You may have tried the cool side of the pillow, the one leg out the duvet method or even sticking your sheets in the freezer! If the current heatwave has you counting sheep, then a wool mattress could be the answer.
A wool mattress lets you breathe
If you’ve ever struggled to get to sleep because you're too hot and sweaty, you’ll love a wool mattress. Put simply, synthetic fibres like polyester just don’t breathe like natural mattresses do as they’re prone to making you overheat, unlike wool that naturally keeps you much cooler.
Not only is wool a great insulator, it also lets air move freely, proven beautifully by sheep's ability to happily live everywhere from the Lake District, right over to the Australian outback. It’s why our Herdwick fleeces keep you warm in the winter and cool in summer.
Dust allergy sufferers, we’ve also got you sorted. Dust mites—the critters that trigger your allergies—like to stay warm and humid, so synthetic bedding is their dream home. Unluckily for them, the wool, cotton, and cashmere we blend into our luxury mattresses are breathable, reducing humidity and keeping the dust mite population lower for longer so you can reclaim bedtime.
Wool is naturally elastic
We’re not saying you’ll be bouncing on your Herdysleep mattress (although we won’t blame you if you do jump for joy when it arrives), but as you can imagine, we all move around a lot in bed, especially in the heat. When you finally get upstairs after a long day at work, your mattress needs to react quickly to support your body properly.
Most of the heavy work is done by our Herdysleep pocket springs, which individually compress and spring out to fit your unique sleeping profile. However, there’s more to a mattress than simply pocket springs. The wool we use to create our cushioned sleep surface is a naturally elastic material which bounces and flexes to fit as you move, and can return to shape over 20,000 times without breaking. Perfect for the wriggly sleeps!
Keep your room nice and cool.
A bedroom that is too hot or too cold can interfere with the quality of your sleep. Make sure you choose a breathable mattress to help the airflow as you sleep. It’s also a good idea to have different tog duvets for the summer and winter months, to help regulate your body temperature. The Sleep Foundation suggest that 18.3 degrees Celsius is the ideal bedroom temperature. Choosing a natural wool fibre mattress can also help regulate your body temperature, helping to keep you warm in summer and cool in winter. A sprung mattress provides excellent airflow for a cooler night’s sleep unlike many foam mattresses which don’t dissipate the heat effectively.
Herdy’s Top Tips to sleep in the heat
- Keep the curtains and blinds closed during the day to keep out the sun’s rays.
- Take a cooling shower before bed to reduce your body temperature.
- Keep Hydrated and remember to take a glass of ice-cold water to bed with you.
- Get a breeze blowing, by opening a window or investing in a bedroom fan.
- Avoid hot drinks, spicy food or excessive exercise before you go to bed.
- If you're not a fan of sleeping in your birthday suit! Cotton or silk pyjamas are best for keeping you cool between the sheets.