Wool As a Temperature Regulator
Wool’s range of desirable properties make it a valuable material for many different purposes, from high-end fashion to fire-resistant products and heavy-duty carpet. The cuticle cells provide a tough exterior, protecting the fiber from damage. The cells have a waxy coating, making wool water repellent, but still allowing absorption of water vapor. When wool absorbs moisture, it produces heat, keeping you warm. The reverse occurs as well. If you are hot, the wool wicks the moisture away from your body keeping you cool. Tiny pores in the cuticle cells allow water vapor to pass through the wool fiber. This makes wool comfortable in both warm and cool conditions.
Infants cannot regulate their own temperature during the first 3 months, which is why comfort layers of wool added to a crib mattress helps babies sleep longer with less stress. This is not only true for babies but for young children and adults alike. It is a miracle fiber, crimped wool can trap more air pockets keeping you warmer or cooler as needed. Wool is natural, breathable and a wonderful temperature regulator as it keeps moisture away from your body, as it does for the sheep.
The more wool the better for a good night sleep. One small wool layer will not have the same effect on your body as a 30 pound wool topper or the many comfort layers of wool in a mattress. Wool can regulate temperature differently for different people while sleeping in the same bed. A more common use for wool in mattresses today is a s a fire barrier. This fire barrier is usually a thin layer of compressed felted wool. Few mattresses, however, use multiple comfort layers of natural or organic wool as the main component of the mattress. That is where TFSLEEP.COM and THEFUTONSHOP.COM make the biggest impact. They garnet their own organic and natural wool to create mattresses and futons with up to 90 pounds of wool inside.
Washed wool does not have the same features as unwashed. This is due to the cuticle on the wool. Each wool fiber is covered with little cuticles. These cuticles or burrs on the wool fiber open and close very rapidly according to the amount of moisture and temperature they are exposed to. These cuticle or hooks on the fiber are hated by dust mites. The wool opens and closed even after it is sheared from the sheep. In order to make wool washable these cuticles are removed. How silly really! Wool is also hypoallergenic, resistant to mold and mildew (which causes many allergeries)
WOOL KEEPS YOU COOL IN SUMMER
GOTS certified organic wool, as well as natural wool has temperature regulating properties. Because wool wicks away moisture you stay dry and cool even when it is hot outside. Each wool fiber is covered with little cuticles, these cuticles or burrs on the wool fiber open and close very rapidly according to the amount of moisture and temperature they are exposed to. These cuticle or hooks on the fiber are hated by dust mites, and mildew making wool hypoallergenic for those with allergies. Wool warm in the winter cool in summer makes a perfect bed all season long.
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