We spend nearly 40% of our live sleeping. A deep, relaxing sleep is necessary to keep us healthy and active. Many factors are influencing our sleep quality. One of the most important one is the quality of our duvets. Others are stress, bedroom temperature, noise, even diseases like sleep apnoea. We recommend alpaca fleece stuffed duvets.
Why is the quality of your duvet so important?
With your duvet you create a microclimate. That means temperature and humidity changes.
During the night your body temperature fluctuates. This can provoke disturbed sleep. The core body temperature should always be kept on a comfortable level. During the night the human body looses up to one and a half liter of fluid – sweat. Your duvet should maintain your body temperature and wick away moisture – keeping you warm in winter and cooler in summer. Alpaca fleece stuffed duvets are the ideal answer to these requirements.
Alpaca fleece stuffed duvets
COKAL Alpaca Products Inc. offers alpaca duvets filled with a blend of 70% alpaca wool and 30% sheep wool. That adds some more loft. Alpaca wool is very lightweight. Compared to sheep wool, 30% less alpaca wool provides the same feeling of warmness. We use 450 g of fill per square meter.
Alpaca fleece stuffed duvets absorb moisture. This feature makes it the ideal filling for those who suffer from night sweats. Alpaca fleece stuffed duvets keeps your body dry during the night and create a healthy micro-environment.
Alpaca fleece due to its unique thermoregulatory properties keeps you at a constant optimal body temperature. This ensures a comfortable sleep. Couples with differing temperature requirements will benefit in a way that alpaca fibres will keep you both at your ideal temperature.
What is thermoregulation and how does it work?
Think of thermoregulation as a mechanism of human climate control. Whenever the temperature around an organism changes, thermoregulation helps to maintain your core body temperature. It is comparable to your house’s central heating and cooling system.
Sweat is your body coolant. When it is hot, your body produces it. Sweat evaporates, and it removes body heat. If sweat remains on your body surface you will feel cooler. Unfortunately you will also start to smell more or less. Moisture is wicked away by alpaca fibres. You will feel more comfortable. At the same time alpaca wool reduces odor.
Heat reaching your body from the outside will be reflected by alpaca wool. Again this mechanism helps to maintain your comfortable body temperature.
Different materials transfer heat at different rates. This transfer of heat between two objects in contact, here the warm or hot air and your body surface, is called “thermal conduction”. Molecules in two bodies at different temperatures tend to transfer energy from high- to low-temperature objects.
Four factors affect the rate at which heat is conducted: delta T, the difference between two temperatures; A, the cross sectional area of the heat transferring area (touching a cold wall with your palm, the hand cools faster than if you touch it with your fingertip); d, the thickness of the material, and finally each material has a thermal conductivity constant k.
K is larger for materials that transfer heat well (like metal). K for iron is 80. K of sheep wool is 0.04. For alpaca wool the thermal conductivity constant k is 0.025. Alpaca wool is a poor thermal conductor.
As you could see, alpaca wool fibre serves as an ideal insulator.
There is scientific evidence that sleeping under alpaca fleece stuffed duvets improves your sleep quality. The heart rate gets lower and allows you to sleep deeper. The number of REM phases, the time during sleep when you really regain, increases.
Consistent with earlier scientific findings, a study by the University of Sydney, Australia found that a better night’s sleep is achieved when sleeping in or under wool.
More beneficial alpaca fleece features
The alpaca filling feels very light but nevertheless amazingly warm.
Alpaca fleece has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
It is dust mite resistant.
It is hypoallergenic. It doesn’t contain lanoline like sheep wool, which is blamed to be responsible for allergies.
Alpaca fibres are naturally flame retardent.
Each alpaca fleece stuffed duvet is carefully hand-made.
Alpaca wool is absolutely environmental friendly. Raising theese cute animals is absolutely environmental friendly. They don’t destroy pastures, because they don’t pull out roots and they have very soft feet. Their nutritional demand is minimal. Clean water, hay and some grain and supplements in winter are sufficient.
In contrast to dawns we get the stuffing material for our duvets not by killing the animals. Once a year the alpaca gets shorn. That doesn’t harm but even helps to maintain the right body temperature during summer.
Processing alpaca fibres to produce duvets is again absolutely environmental friendly.
If you care for the environment, alpaca fleece and alpaca fleece stuffed duvets are the first choice.
Our alpaca fleece stuffed duvets should never be washed or dryed in a machine. Dry cleaning is appropriate.