It is no secret that Erin likes her sleep. She has slept from day one and always needed plenty of naps and rests. As a dinky one I had to watch the clock closely because she could only be up for about an hour before needing to nap again. I would have to do quick feeds before letting her go back to sleep! This love affair with her moses basket continued onto a cot, a toddler bed and now her full sized bed. She will often tell me she is tired and ready for bed. Thankfully with Erin early nights do not mean early mornings. I wake her most days at 7.30 to get ready for school and at the weekends and especially during school holidays she will happily slumber until 8.45 / 9 am.
The one thing that interrupts her beauty sleep is her asthma . This has also plagued her all her little life, with frequent hospital trips (especially when younger) and means that her little body is often rattling with steroids. This constant coughing will wake her and in the night a few times a month. However the constant coughing will also wake the rest of us, sometimes Erin is able to sleep through her own coughing whilst we all clock watch until dawn. This affects Lee who has early starts and he finds coughing a particularly unpleasant noise.
Therefore I have always been interested in some of the claims made by bedding companies that claim to help reduce allegies and allegens at night. After speaking with The Wool Room they offered to send Erin a total sleep system comprising of a mattress protector, pillow and duvet.
These arrived beautifully packaged the following day. Each piece in it’s own protective bag.
I couldn’t wait to try them out and quickly made up her bed. Erin was also excited to get into bed and said they were really comfy. She brushed her and her dolls teeth before snuggling down beneath her new duvet and slept soundly.
The past few nights have been the same and so far no coughing. We can go a few weeks without a coughing bout so I am not going to make huge claims but I will say that she is sleeping really well and I do think the wool bedding is helping. We also removed all teddies from bed as I wondered whether these too contributed to dust and allergens in her bedroom.
Dr Christian has also produced Ten Top Tips for better sleeping which may help if sleep is an issue. Before working with The Wool Room I had not considered wool to be a good option as I mistakenly thought wool actually would be uncomfortable and cause coughing. I wonder how many have the same misconceptions as I did? The bedding has been put through some pretty stringent tests and came out with a glowing report and is the only wool bedding manufacturer to have been awarded the Allergy UK Seal of Approval.
Disclosure: We were gifted the total sleep system for the review and there is no chance I swapping back!