Pacific Northwest Eco- Valley Wool
The process and benefits.
Cotton Cloud provides you with a multitude of wool products. We offer pillows, toppers, beds and duvets all made with our luxurious wool. As you know Cotton Cloud is dedicated to bringing you natural, chemical free, and sustainable products to your home. Wool is one of those amazing natural products that even technology can not duplicate. Scientists have been trying for years to produce a synthetic fiber that has the benefits of wool. As of today they have yet to succeed. Wool has some amazing benefits. It is hypoallergenic and a natural flame retardant and will extinguish itself if it catches on fire. For those of you who sleep warm, wool is also a great temperature regulator. By pulling moisture away from the body allowing it to evaporate you are guaranteed a sweat free sleep. Other benefits of wool are that it is supporting and comforting with studies coming out of Europe that show people who sleep with wool have a lower heart rate which indicates a deep, restful sleep. It is also naturally renewable and absorbs air pollutants without re-emitting them.
Our wool comes from a variety of sheep farms in the Willamette Valley. We blend wool from different of sheep breeds to create premium wool batting. You can rest easy knowing that our wool comes from happy, healthy sheep, raised on sustainably managed farms. The farms use proper rotation of grazing fields to reduce the risk of sheep getting internal parasites and flocks are guarded from predators with trained sheep dogs as opposed to trapping and shooting them. We test the wool to make sure no herbicides or pesticides are used in the grazing fields and to check that the sheep are raised with alternative veterinary practices to minimize their exposure to chemicals. A mild, non-toxic detergent is used for the scouring (cleaning) of the wool which leaves no detectable residue and is biodegradable. This creates some of the finest and resilient wool available. Raw wool is sent to the University of Mass-Lowell that compares our wool to competitor’s for strength, resilience, flammability and endurance. Cotton Cloud’s wool will last twice as long as other mattresses before compressing.
Style Through and Through
Duvets, sheets and curtains…oh my!
Cotton Cloud Natural Beds & Furniture has expanded our fabric display to showcase some of the comforter sets that are available. Most people know that we carry a very large selection of futon covers but did you know that all of our fabrics can be made into duvet covers, poly filled comforters, bed sets, pillow shams, window treatments, shower curtains, bed skirts, coverlets, etc.? Some duvets can even be flipped over for a fresh yet coordinated look.
Window treatments are available with grommet panels, roman shades, tab or tie tops and rod pocket style. With so many options make sure to ask a salesperson to help you with the details. We are now also carrying a variety of sheet sets made with 100% cotton, Organic Cotton or Bamboo. These luxuriously soft sheets will make getting into bed each night a cherished experience and getting out of bed each morning an accomplishment worth celebrating!
The Effects of Sleep Loss
The serious business of getting enough rest.
Think one night of sleep loss doesn’t affect you? Think again! Many people assume it isn’t a big deal to lose one night of rest, but the effect sleep deprivation can have on your mind and body are actually quite surprising. When days turn into weeks of continuous sleep deprivation, the results can even be devastating. The myriad effects of sleep loss on everything from weight to memory means getting rest is one of the most important things we do every day.
Healthy adults usually require 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but recent prominent surveys have shown that a significant proportion of Americans are getting much less. Sleep is as integral to our health as nutrition and exercise, yet many people are overwhelmed with hectic schedules and trim their hours of rest to accommodate the demands of family, work, and social activities.
Cognitive performance, including complex decision-making skills, innovative thinking, basic math and reaction times are critically affected by sleep loss. The speed, accuracy, and the ability to multitask may also be impaired. Sleep deprivation also slows communications between the frontal lobes of the brain, which affects your attention span, particularly in acoustic and verbal information, referred to as echo memory, and for visuospatial information, referred to as iconic memory. During the night, various sleep cycles play a role in “consolidating” memories in the mind. In 2009, American and French researchers determined that brain events called “sharp wave ripples” are responsible for consolidating memory. The ripples also transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored. Sharp wave ripples occur mostly during the deepest levels of sleep, thus, reduced sleep = reduced sharp wave ripples = reduced memory consolidation, facial recognition, and work performance efficiency.
Mood & Emotion
Moms often put kids down for naps when they get cranky, and one study indicated that our moods can indeed be affected by a lack of sleep. When deprived of rest, areas of the brain associated with depression and emotional reactivity become more active. Tired people are more likely to overreact to negative experiences and may have less ability to regulate emotions as the prefrontal cortex is hampered. Given that a single sleepless night can cause people to be irritable and moody the following day, it is conceivable that chronic insufficient sleep may lead to long-term mood disorders. Chronic sleep issues have been correlated with depression, anxiety, and mental distress. Sleep specialists also say that sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame. All of these self-reported symptoms improved dramatically when subjects returned to a normal sleep schedule.
Driving Is More Dangerous
Driving is negatively affected by sleep loss as your ability to concentrate, analyze and react are diminished. Drowsy driving is a major problem in the U.S. In a National Sleep Foundation survey, 60% of drivers admitted to driving drowsy and 37% admitted to falling asleep at the wheel in the past year. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration attributes 100,000 accidents, 40,000 injuries and 1550 deaths to drowsy driving, and AAA attributes 17% of all deadly crashes to fatigue.
Immune Function & Health Problems
It is natural for people to go to bed when they are sick. Substances produced by the immune system to help fight infection also cause fatigue. One theory proposes that the immune system evolved “sleepiness inducing factors” because inactivity and sleep provided an advantage: those who slept more when faced with an infection were better able to fight that infection than those who slept less. In fact, research in animals suggests that those animals who obtain more deep sleep following experimental challenge by microbial infection have a better chance of survival.
In the long term, the clinical consequences of untreated sleep disorders are large indeed. They are associated with numerous, serious medical illnesses, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart Disease
- Heart Failure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Psychiatric problems, including depression and other mood disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Mental impairment
- Fetal and childhood growth retardation
- Injury from accidents
- Disruption of bed partner’s sleep quality
Recognizing the impact that even a single night of sleep loss can have on your life highlights the importance of adequate rest. Between work, fun and responsibilities, it can be difficult to prioritize sleep, yet not doing so can wreak havoc in all aspects of your life, straining relationships with family, reducing productivity at work, causing disease, and even shortening your lifespan. When you are rested, you look better to others, you physically feel better and your mind is sharper.
So, if you’re trying to decide between an extra hour of shuteye or continuing a Netflix marathon, choose sleep. Remember, even one night of sleep loss can have a big effect on your body, your looks, your mental state, and even your safety, especially when it becomes a habit.
What to Do:
Power Down An Hour Before Bed
Nearly all Americans — as many as 95 percent, in fact — use some tech gadget in the hour before bed at least a couple of nights a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2011 Sleep in America poll. But the blue light emitted from TV, laptop, tablet and smart phone screens disrupts the brain’s natural melatonin production and can trigger alertness, keeping you awake later.
Experts recommend going screen-free about an hour before bedtime and picking a less disruptive way to unwind during that time instead. Why not try a warm bath, a good book or some nighttime yoga?
Commit to at least 7 Hours
It’s true that there’s no magic number of hours of sleep that every adult must get, but in general, most people require 7 to 9 hours to feel and function their best. Risk for a number of the serious consequences of short sleep, like heart problems and obesity, increases dramatically when people get fewer than six hours at night.
Calculate seven hours back from the time you need to wake up, then hit the hay as close to that time as possible. Take into consideration how long it takes you to fall asleep and whether or not you wake up frequently throughout the night.
Consider What and When you eat and Drink
If you rely too heavily on that 4:30 p.m. cup of coffee or that glass of wine before bed, consider committing to healthier eating and drinking habits for sleep in the coming year.
Experts recommend ditching caffeine six to eight hours before bed to make sure it’s out of your system by lights out time. Alcohol, while it can help lull you to sleep, is only disruptive later on in the night. It’s also a good idea to steer clear of fatty foods too close to bedtime, since they can lead to fewer hours of sleep, and sleep-disrupting issues like indigestion and acid reflux.
Sleep on a Comfortable Mattress
It’s not just a catchy phrase; research now shows that getting deep, restorative sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress can better enable you to wake up each day physically, intellectually and emotionally renewed. In this improved state we are more efficient, productive and better equipped to relate and interact with our family and others.
Every month, the average person spends 10 days sleeping on a mattress. We all understand that daily vitamins, exercise, and healthy meal choices all have a cumulative beneficial effect over time. The positive effects of sleep over time may have even more dramatic effects on our health and appearance.
If you feel like you are not getting the most restful night’s sleep, then stop by Cotton Cloud and talk to one of our friendly sales associates. With their knowledge, they can help you find the perfect sleeping solution, whether it be a new mattress, pillow, comforter or mattress topper.
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