Winter Bedding Primer - The Art of Staying Warm

Winter Bedding Primer - The Art of Staying Warm

Staying warm at night is tough.  Pile on too many layers and you sweat. Toss off the layers and then you get clammy.  Don’t use the right bedding and you curl in a ball, shiver, and sleep in 3 pairs of socks. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. Just use the right winter bedding to hit that sweet spot. Not sure what to use? Check out this summary of different types of bedding for wintertime. 

Silk Bedding

Silk is one of the oldest textiles.  It is an all-natural material. The fibers are extremely strong because silkworms make them that way.  Silk is also very light-weight.  It can regulate your body temperature.  That means in the cool months it will keep you warm and in the warm months, it will keep you cool.  This temperature-regulating ability has made it a favorite of hot sleepers and menopausal women for years. 

Silk is naturally resistant to molds and dust mites.  This makes it a favorite of people of all ages with allergies. 

If you don’t like the feel of a heavy comforter pressing down on your body, then silk is a great option. It gives warmth without weight.  Silk is best for year-round use.  It may not keep you warm in frigid climates, but it is perfect for temperate climates.  

Silk must be chosen with care.  Not all silk is washable, so look for cleaning instructions before you make your purchase.  No matter what kind of silk comforter you use, cover it in a zippered comforter cover.

Wool Bedding

Mary had a little lamb and it kept her warm on winter nights. 

Wool is another textile that has been used for centuries.  Wool traps air in its fibers. This makes it perfect for keeping you warm in cold weather.  That’s because it captures your natural body heat, holds it in, and then radiates it back to you.  Wool also wicks away moisture.  That’s why wool will make you feel cool when the temperatures are warm.  

Wool contains lanolin and is naturally dust mite resistant and resistant to bacteria and molds.  However, this lanolin can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people.  

Wool is heavier than silk or down.  If you like the weight of a comforter pressing on you as you sleep or if you use weighted blankets, then you will like the weight of wool. 

Most wool felts when washed.  Take this into consideration when purchasing wool or wool-filled comforters.  The organic Merino wool comforter sold by The Allergy Store is all-natural and certified organic.  However, it cannot be machine washed or dried.  It must be professionally dry cleaned.  

By comparison, the Shropshire wool comforter is completely machine washable and dryable.  The wool is specially washed and processed before manufacture and this prevents further felting. 

No matter what type of wool comforter you use, cover it with a zippered dust mite proof cover to keep it clean and fresh.  Instead of cleaning the comforter, you will only need to remove the cover and launder it every few months. 

Down Bedding

Soft as a downy chick.  If you want soft, fluffy, and warm you want down. 

Down works much like wool.  We naturally lose body heat by convection. The warm air around our body is pulled towards the cool air.  Down keeps us warm during winter because there are tiny air pockets between the fibers in the down and between the bits of down. The down traps this warm air.  The trapped air stays warm and is not moved away from the body.  So, you stay warm. 

Unlike wool, down cannot continue to insulate once it is wet.  Moisture will fill the pockets in between the down and prevent it from capturing air. Wool resists water so its air pockets will not fill with water. 

Down is incredibly warm and very light.  If you want the warmth of wool without the weight, then down is a great alternative.  Down can trap allergens and is not recommended for people with dust mite allergies. 

Down is not mold-resistant, if you launder it you must be sure to thoroughly dry it.  The Goose down comforters and down blankets sold by The Allergy Store can be spot cleaned or machine laundered.  Covering the down comforter with a zippered cover will keep it clean and fresh longer.

Down Alternative Bedding

Speaking of alternatives, down alternative winter bedding is very popular. 

In addition to the traditional silk, wool, and down synthetic fills are available as well.  If you want the warmth and feel of down but not the allergies, check out the synthetic down alternative winter bedding products. 

PrimaLoft® is engineered to mimic the insulating properties of down without the allergens.  It is lightweight but warm.  It is also allergy-free and machine washable.  Down alternatives are popular luxury bedding items in high-end hotels.

Comfort, easy-care, and allergy-free are the hallmarks of quality down alternative materials. 

Complete Information on Winter Bedding

For more detailed information on winter bedding needs, you can always call 800-771-2246 and we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions. We will take the time to assess your needs to keep warm and allergy-free and recommend the material right for you.

No matter what fill material you choose, we always suggest that you cover your comforter with a zipper cover to keep it fresh and make keeping it fresh easy as washing the cover.

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