The Facts About Wool
Most people are unaware of the fact that our skin needs to breathe. Because wool breathes and can hold 30-40% of its weight in moisture, it helps prevent the ability of bacteria to be able to grow and thrive and can help promote the healing time of those who are experiencing sores. Sleeping with wool allows our skin to breathe while we are sleeping.
Moisture Regulation – Bacteria Control
Wool is a natural body moisture regulator. Our bodies are 55%-75% water. Studies show we lose approximately 1 litre of moisture a night (2oz. of vapor moisture per hour). Wool is the only natural fibre that can absorb up to 30–40% (1/3) of its weight in moisture AND disperses it, keeping your body dry. Wool’s hollow fibre promotes air circulation and prevents bacterial growth. Bacteria can only grow in moisture; wool‘s natural fibre wicks moisture away from the skin preventing the conditions that allow bacteria to thrive.
Built-In “Climate” Control for your Body
Studies have shown that Sheep’s Wool is also a natural insulator, keeping our bodies at a perfect constant body temperature of 37°C/98.6°F. Thus Wool not only provides warmth, but regulates it. The air confined within wool fibre acts as an insulator, keeping people cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. Maintenance of body temperature at 98.6°F promotes blood circulation and a lowering of heart rate, offering patients a deep, uninterrupted sleep.
Pressure Relief & Comfort
Wool is a nurturing, natural, hollow fibre that provides a soft cushioning layer for comfort. The coiled spring-like tubular structure of wool fibre allows it to bend up to 20,000 times before breaking. What does this mean? Wool’s flexibility provides gentle flexible support and pressure relief while preventing shearing, providing the perfect solution for bedridden patients. Wool reduces patient healing time and increases comfort and well being.
*Case studies show that wool bedcovers can be as effective at treating bedsores as costly airbeds used in hospitals, and are much more affordable. The first signs of the skin reddening is an indication of lack of blood supply to the area of the body and then skin breakdown happens within a few days. Wool will prevent this breakdown. Bedsores are agonizing!