SLEEP EASY? These are comfortable and I fall asleep quickly. I wake up with warm legs at one point and can’t go back to sleep, but this is hardly the fault of the breathable silk, so I read for an hour.
EXPERT verdict: Silk has all sorts of natural properties. It’s designed in nature to be light and strong, but it is not as good at managing moisture as wool. However, it has other helpful properties; it’s a very thin, smooth fabric, which is good at conducting heat away from the body — this makes it great for sleeping on a hot night, and less so in a colder country.
SLEEP RATING: 6/10
It’s not just wool pyjamas which can help you sleep better. A wool duvet is naturally hypoallergenic, and helps your body regulate temperature. ‘We’ve seen a 45 per cent growth in our wool bedding items in the last couple of months; it’s the most sustainable of natural fibres,’ says Chris Tattersall, managing director of The Wool Room.
THE WOOL ROOM: Classic Wool Medium Duvet, from £44.79 for a single, thewoolroom.com. These duvets are made from 100 per cent British wool, with a 200 thread count. They are approved by Allergy UK and naturally mould, mildew and dust-mite resistant.
Devon Duvets: From £100 for a lightweight single duvet, devonduvets.com. These are handmade in Devon with a 260 thread count. The wool hasn’t been bleached or chemically treated, so it’s more resistant to dust mites, meaning it might be ideal for allergy sufferers.
Soak and Sleep: Luxury wool duvets from Australia and New Zealand, from £32 for a single, soakandsleep.com. The cotton cases are unbleached and the duvets come in four warmth levels — summer, spring/autumn, winter and all seasons.