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Dr Mercola on Wool Mattresses

Posted on 28th Oct 2014 @ 11:07 AM

SLEEPING NATURALLY

Blessed Earth are great fans of the work done By Dr Mercola.

His institute has likewise applauded the work we are doing and given permission to use his material.

Below we have assembled a very brief précis on the subject of wool bedding.

We hope you find it helpful and invite you to surf his opinion on countless subjects

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/15/why-you-should-never-ever-sleep-where-your-cat-sleeps.aspx

Why a Metal Mattress or Bed May be Particularly Dangerous

The vast majority of beds (90-95 percent) contain metal springs and/or frames. Unfortunately, these metal frames and metal box springs can amplify and distort the earth’s natural magnetic field, which can lead to a non-restful sleep along with a range of other symptoms including:   Headaches  Hyperactivity  Nightmares  Depression and fatigue  Eyestrain  Muscle cramps

Avoiding EMF Exposure is Very Important for Pregnant Women and Babies

If you have a baby, it is especially important for you to use a non-metallic bed for your baby, as their immature bodies are even more susceptible to EMF damage. A safer alternative is a wooden basinet or wooden crib, as opposed to metal varieties.

Further, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD performed a small study showing that autism can actually be predicted based on the EMF levels of your sleeping quarters while pregnant!

He found that if you sleep in strong electromagnetic fields during pregnancy, your child will likely begin to exhibit neurological abnormalities within the first two years of life, such as: Neurological dysfunction   Hyperactivity   Learning disorders

Could This Simply Be the Best Bedding?

As was the case when I first introduced you to my wool bedding a few years ago, I still advise wool as your best possible choice for a mattress.

I believe it can enhance your overall sleep experience, as outlined below.

Feature

Benefit

Resists mold and mildew

Breathability of wool helps wick away moisture and keeps it dry.

Promotes thermo-regulation

Wool fibers keep a pocket of air close to your body while you sleep. This helps regulate your body temperature by insulating you when it's cold and breathing when it's warm.

Helps resist and reduce dust mites

Prevents dust mites from thriving in your bed.

Is inherently hypoallergenic

Perfect if you have sensitive skin.

Promotes breathability

Wool's ability to breathe is a key advantage over other bedding choices for sleep and body temperature comfort.

Provides superior resilience

Should hold its crimp and loft longer than most other fillings for added comfort.

Uses a sustainable resource

Unlike down, wool comes from sheep which aren't sacrificed for the sake of your bedding comfort.

Avoids the use of synthetic materials

100% handpicked wool bedding is not treated with harsh chemicals.

Resists fire without added chemicals

Wool is a natural flame-retardant and doesn't require synthetic chemicals to pass the US CPSC mattress standard.

But I don't recommend rushing out to purchase any wool bedding without closely scrutinizing the details.

There's More to Wool Bedding Than Meets the Eye

What's the big deal about being so selective about purchasing wool bedding? Just like any bedding, there are good wool options to choose from and not-so-good ones. Here's a quick checklist my research team used when narrowing down the specific wool mattress to be offered on the site. Make sure the wool…

  • Is 100% handpicked virgin wool – Why settle for anything but the best when it comes to wool bedding? Blessed Earth wool is the very finest on the market
  • Has NOT been treated with any risky synthetics or chemicals – Believe it or not, some wool bedding has been treated with questionable chemicals. We use no chemicals
  • Utilizes a completely natural cleansing process without carbonization – Carbonization uses sulfuric acid in the wool cleansing process, which can potentially cause issues if you have skin sensitivities.
  • Retains its natural lanolin oil – Certain cleansing processes, like carbonization, can reduce this oil which gives wool its soft and supple feel. Our wool has not been carbonised
  • Uses "hand tufting" instead of a machine process – Tufting is a way of anchoring the wool together in the mattress. Hand-tufting can make the wool fluffier and create a more comfortable mattress. Our mattresses are hand-made. Each tuft is individually tensioned using 100% cotton cord.

Plus, since I believe it's important for longevity purposes to flip your mattress every 6 months (twice a year) or so, I recommend you avoid any wool mattress that comes with pillow tops. Pillow top mattresses include an extra layer of pillow-like padding sewn onto the top of the mattress making it impractical to flip this mattress. However, the mattress is firm, so if you would like some additional padding, I recommend our American Wool Mattress Pad.

I encourage you to use this checklist and the tips to track down the perfect wool mattress and bedding that suits you.