If you have difficulties sleeping throughout the night, your bedding might be the problem. Sleep is an important part of everyone’s wellbeing, a lack of it can impact your mental health and productivity for the day ahead
DUVETS AND MATTRESSES
Popular duvet fillings include feather, down, goose down and polyester. Mattresses can also be organic. Throughout the seasons, it’s important to change elements of your bedding for excellent breathability and durability.
To help you find out if you are using the wrong bedding, sleep expert at Snoozel Green, Rob Davey has answered the top common bedding questions.
1) What duvet do I need for winter?
If you are looking for a duvet which will keep you warm during winter, it’s important to check the tog rating. This directly relates to the warmth, the higher the tog, the warmer the duvet. The standard tog scale runs from 1 through to 15. 7.5 to 10 tog duvets are ideal for autumn months and winter, if you feel quite warm during the night. If you do feel the cold a lot, 10 tog or over are ideal for winter.
In terms of fillings, feather and down duvets are known to provide a high level of warmth as they are more capable of trapping air. Goose or duck feather and down have a higher price tag, if you don’t suffer from allergies, they are another great option.
2) Which pillows are best for me?
The type of pillows which are best for you are dependent on a few factors. The position you sleep in makes a difference. If you sleep on your front, a softer pillow will allow you to sink in. If you prefer to sleep on your back, a thicker pillow will provide you with more support. It’s also important to choose the right materials if you suffer from asthma or any other pulmonary function allergies. There are many organic and 100% cotton pillows on the market which ensure you don’t breathe in or absorb mysterious chemicals, I personally recommend 100% natural latex, which provides a great level of support whilst being breathable and chemical free.
3) What are the benefits of an organic mattress?
Regular mattresses use foam made from petroleum-based polyurethane. Organic mattresses don’t use any polyurethane or memory foams. The natural, eco mattress uses 100% natural latex from tree-tapped and sustainably harvested rubber trees. This provides a durable and high-performance layer of support. The combination of natural latex with organic cotton and wool fibres promotes a naturally antibacterial condition. The dry atmosphere which is created within the mattress prohibits the growth of moulds, dust mites and bacteria.
4) How often should I clean my bed sheets?
There are varying opinions on how often you should clean your bed sheets, with some more realistic than others. It does depend on your own lifestyle, if you allow pets in your bed for example, you’ll need to wash your bedding more often. On the other hand, if you use various protectors, you might not need to wash certain parts very regularly. Ideally you should try to change your sheets once a week and wash at 60 degrees. Keep several sets on hand to reduce the need to wash and dry immediately and try to dry bedding naturally in the sunlight as the UV light helps to kill micro-organisms.
5) How firm should a mattress be?
Choosing a firmness level is an important step in a mattress search. Firmness can be subjective as the comfort level differs between people. You need to consider your comfort preferences, body weight and sleeping position. If you are sharing a bed with a partner and have differing preferences, natural latex mattresses would be a choice to suit you both. As the latex contour to your body, it offers you the perfect combination of both support and comfort. Organic mattresses also have a kickback which shapes as you change your sleep position, helping with pressure relief.
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