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  1. What’s the best kind of duvet for two people to share this winter

    What’s the best kind of duvet for two people to share this winter

    Cold toes in the night or getting hot and bothered under the covers? Many of us find that our partner has a different body temperature from ours whilst sleeping and that can make for an uncomfortable and restless night’s sleep. No one wants the shock of being woken up by someone else’s icy toes on your side of the bed, however much you love your other half…and it’s equally disruptive to a good night’s sleep if your partner gets hot and keeps throwing off the covers, leaving you out in the cold! So how do you find the best duvet for both of you this winter?

    The answer is our certified 100% British wool duvets, individually handcrafted in Devon and encased in gorgeously soft 260 thread count cotton. Surprisingly, wool is not only cloud-like in its comfort but, as it is naturally breathable, it is also a fantastic temperature regulator and so will work with your body temperature to help you get a

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  2. 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.

    A mattress topper with a soft, flexible filling will make a big difference to your comfort level in bed and provides additional support whilst you sleep. They are also fantastic when used with a sofa bed, to provide a bit of extra thickness and comfort. All you need do when your guest has left, is fold up the mattress topper and put it away.

    The most important factor in a mattress topper is the material with which it is made.  At Devon Duvets, our mattress toppers are made from Certified 100% British Wool, from responsible sources and encased in 100% cotton. The cotton casing is woven especially for us, to support the breathability of wool and is brushed on both sides to create a luxurious feel and help it to stop sliding around on your mattress. There are also broad elastic straps at each corner to help hold it in place.  Each of our mattress toppers is handcrafted by our expert seamstresses in our Devon workshop, where quality is paramount.

    Wool is a naturally hypo-allergenic material that is anti-bacterial and resists dust mites. This helps to alleviate the symptoms of allergies or asthma and, thereby, aids a good night’s sleep. Additionally, because wool is breathable, it makes a wonderful temperature regulator, helping to keep you cool when you are hot – and vice versa. It’s also gorgeously soft!

    Although some people might consider a mattress topper to be a luxury, in fact it can really help if you suffer from back or joint pain, as it provides a soft layer beneath your body but you will still have the additional support of your mattress underneath. Sometimes it can be a struggle to turn or flip a mattress as recommended by most mattress manufacturers  but this is easy to do when all you are flipping or turning is a mattress topper – and you have the added benefit of being able to keep it clean. 

    Our wool mattress toppers are easy to care for; turn regularly on the bed and use both sides. To keep fresh simply hang outside to air. Any areas requiring more attention can be spot cleaned.

    All of our mattress toppers are available in standard UK single to emperor sizes and also in standard

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

    Which foods will help me get a better 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.

    One of the key factors in aiding a good night’s sleep is obviously the kind of bedding that you use but another is what you eat, particularly in the hours before you tuck yourself into bed. So, we’ve put together a few tips below on foods that can help promote a more restful sleep and we’ll also tell you a bit about our range of natural duvets and why they can also help.

    Firstly, it is best to stick to regular mealtimes, spaced throughout the day, but trying to opt for a lighter meal or snack in the evening. Heading off to bed within two hours of eating a large meal will stop you from getting a good night’s sleep and is likely to be cause a certain amount of discomfort throughout the night, especially if you suffer from reflux or heartburn. Processed meats, high fat foods (such as burgers, pizzas), fried foods and spicy curries take even longer to digest and could also keep you awake if eaten too close to bedtime. Sodium-rich foods will make you thirsty during the night, another major factor in sleep disruption.

    One of the biggest - and best known - culprits is caffeine, so drinking coffee or your preferred cuppa made from black tea will perk you up, rather than setting the scene for a good slumber. Alcohol is used by many to relax at night but it actually prevents your body from entering deep stages of sleep so you won’t feel properly rested when you wake up in the morning,

    Our bodies produce various hormones that help us fall asleep, Melatonin being the most important as it regulates your daily sleep-wake cycles. Eating melatonin-rich foods can assist in boosting this process and if eaten regularly can help regulate your sleep cycles. These include cherries, kiwi fruits, nuts and seeds, oats, rice, fish and eggs. 

    Magnesium, calcium and zinc are important minerals for a good night’s sleep. These can be found in dark leafy greens, avocado, bananas and tahini (the latter is used in the popular Middle Eastern dish, hummus). Niacin (one of the B Vitamins) is thought to improve the REM cycle of sleep and reduce waking in the night. This can be found in beetroot, poultry and peanuts.

    If you need a warm drink before bedtime, then try a herbal tea. Those that include chamomile or valerian are popular and promote relaxation, and other options include passion flower and lemon balm.

    The best pre-bedtime snacks include a combination of carbohydrate and protein as these will help your body to produce melatonin and another hormone, serotonin, which can also help you get a better night’s sleep. The key word is snack; too much and you’ll be filling yourself up. As in all things…everything in moderation!

    Fluctuation in body temperatures (i.e. if you’re cold one minute and hot and bothered the next), will disrupt your sleep, making you tired and tetchy in the morning. This will be exacerbated if you are suffering from the dreaded ‘night sweats’ or an allergy, such as those caused by dust mites. Here’s where we come in! At Devon Duvets, we’ve spent years perfecting our range of natural wool duvets and our brand new range of Botanic duvets to optimise your sleep experience.

    Our wool duvets are made from Certified 100% British Wool, from responsible sources, and are naturally breathable so will self-regulate according to your body temperature. They are also resistant to bacteria and dust mites and there’s a choice of weights. We’re especially proud that our lightweight version, perfect for warmer months, has been named Best Summer Duvet by The Independent.

    Our Botanic range contains TENCEL™ Lyocell, a natural fibre made from 100% sustainable plant sources, manufactured through an ECO award-winning process. The only duvet of its kind that is registered by The Vegan Society, it is also able to self-regulate to your body temperature and is so beautifully soft that you’ll feel wrapped in luxury from head to toe.

    All of our duvets are 100% sustainable, 100% biodegradable and individually hand-crafted in Devon by our expert seamstresses.  We also produce a range of wool pillows and source a gorgeously soft, pure white, 450 thread count 100% Pima cotton bedlinen.

    NOTE:  Please always seek the advice of your doctor or other medical professional if you are suffering from sleeplessness or need any specific dietary advice.

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  4. New Product - Mattress Protector

    New Product - Mattress Protector

    Why our NEW natural wool mattress protector will help get the best out of your mattress and the quality of your sleep

    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.

    They are ideal for those who want an additional, soft, layer between their bottom sheet and their mattress, but who feel that their mattress is comfortable enough without needing the fuller thickness of a mattress topper.

    We’ve spent years developing our fantastic natural wool duvets, enjoyed by thousands of our customers, and

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  5. Launch of our new Botanic Range

    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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  6. Best Summer Duvet!!

    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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