Organic Wool Mattresses -
The Benefits And Drawbacks

Organic wool mattresses and bedding provide an excellent night's sleep without any harmful chemicals.

Wool is one of the most versatile, healthy and comfortable materials in the world. It is such a complex fiber that all our modern science has not been able to develop a synthetic replica like they have for rubber.

Not that we would want a synthetic clone of wool, I just wanted to point out that it is a wonder of nature.

The Benefits Of Organic Wool

Hypoallergenic: Organic wool mattresses are ideal for people with allergies.

A lot of people might think they have an allergic reaction to wool when in reality they have a reaction to the toxins and chemicals that are in regular wool.

When organic wool is processed it is washed with only hot water and vegetable based soaps.

Lanolin is also naturally resistant to dust mites. However lanolin is often stripped away by harsh chemicals during the processing of regular wool and the dust mite repellant is lost. Organic wool mattresses retain their natural lanolin and their dust mite protection.

The Best Natural Insulator: All organic mattress materials are breathable and good natural insulators but organic wool is the best. It has the ability to absorb moisture and keep you dry. People sweat a lot during the night. However wool won't get wet and gross like other materials.

When you sleep with wool it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. It is a misconception that wool is a hot material. Desert dwellers wear wool in summer to keep them cool. High quality summer suits are made from woollen fiber. Wool regulates the temperature to give you an ideal sleeping environment. You won't wake up too hot and need to throw off the covers.

A Natural Flame Retardant: One concern many people have about organic mattresses is flame resistance. One of the reasons so many chemicals are put into regular mattresses is to prevent them from burning too easily.

Wool doesn't need chemicals to make it flame resistant because it is naturally flame resistant. If you expose wool to a flame it will burn away gently but the material itself will not catch alight. Take away the flame and it stops burning.

Some organic mattress materials such as cotton need a doctor's note before purchasing due to the fire hazard. Not wool. In fact wool is often used to encase organic cotton mattresses so that they can be purchased without a doctor's note.

No Metal: Organic cotton mattresses still require an innerspring system. Wool however does not, meaning you get a 100% organic mattress without any metal components.

The other bonus is you don't get the pressure points of an innerspring unit. When you put pressure on a spring it presses back in an attempt to return to its original shape. This fight back places pressure points on the heaviest points of your body - the ones that depress the springs most firmly. With no springs there are no pressure points.

It's Better For The Sheep: In regular wool production the sheep are dipped in a toxic mix of chemicals. Not only are the sheep better treated with organic wool production but both they and us aren't treated to a host of toxins. They are allowed to wander naturally and are only treated with natural medicines.

The Drawbacks Of Organic Wool

Needs Regular Airing: The trade off with wool's amazing ability to absorb moisture is that you will need to air the mattress from time to time in order for the moisture to have a chance to dissipate.

This shouldn't be a major complaint about wool mattresses considering it is standard practice to give any mattress a good airing every now and again.

Not As Comfortable As Cotton, Memory Foam Or Latex: This point is debatable as some people will swear that a wool mattress is more comfortable than a cotton one. Cotton has historically been considered to be the most comfortable mattress material although that title is now being challenged by latex and memory foam. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference.

Less Support: The benefit of not having an innerspring unit is you don't get pressure points. The downside is that you lose the support that comes with the springs. Latex and memory foam also don't have innerspring units, but they are more supportive than wool.

Lanolin Allergy: While wool is considered hypoallergenic in rare cases people have an allergy to organic wool. Wool contains a natural oil called lanolin and some people can react to that. However for the vast majority of allergy sufferers switching to an organic wool mattress will help your cause.

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