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  1. Devon Duvets and Jim's Sleep Story

    Devon Duvets and Jim's Sleep Story

    This is the next in our series of 'Sleep Stories' and is about our customer, Jim,  who called us about a common problem with finding the right pillow. Here's how we helped.

    Jim is a naturally 'warm' sleeper and finds that his head becomes hot and sweaty at night. He also has a dust mite allergy so always previously had synthetic fibre pillows. He was waking up each morning feeling dehydrated and tired. We all lose heat and moisture through our heads when we sleep and synthetic fibre filled pillows tend to retain this heat and moisture, creating humidity, making our heads feel hotter and causing us to sweat more. However, a wool filled pillow can help with temperature regulation because it is breathable, so can release heat when you are hot and retain it if you need to keep warm. Wool is also naturally resistant to dust mites and the build-up of microbacteria, so is more hygienic than other fillings. No dust allergy sympoms!

    Jim chose one of our 100% British wool folding pillows, handcrafted by our seamstresses here in our Devon workshops. The patented design has been created for comfort and hygiene and he likes that is is easy to care for. He finds it convenient that if he wants to 'air' the pillow, all he has to do is unfold it and hang it outside.  Jim loves his pillow so much that he takes it with him when he goes away. Find out more about our British wool pillows here.

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  2. Why we are proud to be a second-generation family run British business

    Why we are proud to be a second-generation family run British business

    When our owners, Dick and Pauline Beijen, founded Devon Duvets, they were living on a smallholding on Dartmoor, having given up their busy international careers to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

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  3. The History of Sleep

    The History of Sleep

    As the lyrics in Bob Dylan’s song states “Times, they are a changing” and throughout time, our sleep patterns have also changed. Historical research shows that there is a huge amount of evidence that people in Western societies used to sleep in two phases (biphasic); known as ‘first sleep’ and ‘second sleep’.

    Although we cannot be sure if this goes way back to prehistory, it has been discovered that from (at the very least) the time of Ancient Greece through to the nineteenth century, most people went to bed at around 9pm or 10am and slept for three to three and a half hours (‘first sleep’) waking after midnight for an hour or so, before settling back down for their second phase of sleep until dawn.

    The earliest written reference to this is in Homer’s Odyessy (written in the late eight/early seventh century BC) but other classical writers, such as Roman historian Livy and the Numidian Latin-language prose writer and philosopher, Apuleius, also refer to it.

    It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that single phases of sleep in Western societies began to evolve, and this was also likely to have been affected by the increase of artificial illumination, starting with gas and followed by electric lighting. By 1823, nearly 40,000 lamps lit more than 200 miles of London’s streets. This expanded into businesses and affluent households, where light from a lone gas light was twelve times as strong as that from a candle – but by the end of the nineteenth century was one hundred times more powerful.

    This slowly led to later bedtimes but did not seem to change the dawn rising time, causing more fatigue and heightening the drive for sleep. This would have encouraged people to make the change to going to bed and staying in bed so they could sleep continuously for a longer duration and get enough sleep, rather than sleeping in two phases. However, it wasn’t until the early twentieth century that one phase of sleeping was considered as normal.

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  4. Why a wool mattress topper will help you get a better night’s sleep

    Why a wool mattress topper will help you get a better night’s sleep

    A mattress topper sits on top of your mattress to give an extra layer of comfort. It is thicker than a mattress protector and can also prolong the life of your mattress as they are easier to keep clean than a mattress.

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  5. Which foods will help me get a better night's sleep?

    Increasing number of people who struggle to get a good night’s sleep

    In today’s busy and full-on world, there is an increasing number of people who struggle to get a good night’s sleep. According to a report from the Mental Health Foundation, up to a third of adults in the UK suffer from insomnia, either in the short term or for longer. It is no surprise, therefore, that results from a recent survey show that 95% of those with insomnia have difficulty in staying awake during daylight hours, ultimately impacting on their work and personal life.

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  6. New Product - Mattress Protector at Devon Duvets

    New product mattress protector

    A mattress protector is an item of removable bedding that sits on top of your mattress. It provides a layer of protection for the mattress in case of accidents or spills - and it’s worth bearing in mind that some mattress warranties are voided should the mattress become stained. The other benefit is that a mattress protector can help those that suffer from allergies and, in particular, those susceptible to allergens caused by dust mites.

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  7. Launch of our new Botanic Range

    Devon Duvets new botanic range award winning best summer duvet 2022

    Excited to launch our new Botanic Range, a fully plant based collection of ethical duvets.  Registered by the Vegan Society.  Full Press Release here

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  8. Best Summer Duvet!!

    Best summer duvet at Devon Duvets 2019

    We are very proud that our Lightweight wool duvet has been chosen by The Independent as their BEST summer duvet for 2019.  BEST SUMMER DUVET

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