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Is it Worth Having a Wool Mattress too?


   Mar 27

Is it Worth Having a Wool Mattress too?

There is no dispute as to the advantages of wool bedding. A pure wool duvet, pillow or blanket is incredibly comfortable and conducive to a great night’s sleep. In addition, wool is hypoallergenic, kind to the skin, able to maintain a stable body temperature, and highly durable. So is it worth going all in and get a pure wool mattress too?

Buying a pure wool mattress to go with your other wool bedding does have many of the same advantages of a wool duvet or pillow. Namely, wool mattresses are more natural and hypoallergenic compared to regular mattresses, even those memory foam ones. This means if you have allergies or asthma, a wool mattress is certainly worth considering.

Secondly, as wool is the best natural insulator there is, a wool mattress will be warmer than other types of mattress material. Furthermore, wool is naturally flame retardant, so for peace of mind, particularly with children’s bedding, wool may well be a good choice.

Thirdly, wool is a durable material that is stain resistant and tough. A wool mattress will probably last longer than other materials, and it will always bounce back to its original shape, so wont sag or get lumpy.

Finally, unlike other types of mattress, wool mattresses do not inner springs. This makes them really comfortable and does away with the problem of a spring coming loose and poking you in your back.

Wool mattresses have pluses and minuses

Disadvantages

However, while there are certainly many advantages of a wool mattress, unlike a wool duvet or pillow, wool mattress do have some downsides. Firstly, wool has the ability to absorb moisture, which is a real benefit for people sleeping under a wool duvet as it draws away sweat from the skin and prevents you from feeling clammy. However, for a mattress, this means it will have to be aired regularly to allow the moisture to dissipate. Of course, no matter what the mattress, you should give it a regular airing, but you may have to do it more frequently with wool.

Secondly, while a wool duvet is as comfortable as any other type of material, the same is not true for wool mattresses. Cotton sprung and memory foam off much more support than wool mattresses. While you won’t have pressure points caused by the internal springs, you won’t have the same amount of support either. This means if you have a bad back or prefer to sleep on a firm surface, a wool mattress is probably not for you.

Wool is a natural and healthy material for sleeping on, but whether a wool mattress for you will depend on the above factors. Before you buy any mattress, wool or otherwise, always ensure you test it in the shop. Have a lie down and think about the position you sleep in and ensure yo are getting something that will be comfortable.

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