A Hypoallergenic Solution For Better Sleep – Silk Comforters
If you are plagued by allergies like an increasing portion of our society, rethinking your bedding may be the place to start. For years I woke up in the middle of the night sneezing or, in the morning, was greeted with red and sore eyes. After talking to friends and some online research I found several things that may have been affecting my allergies: dust mites, mold, fungus and chemicals.
After experimenting and systematically removing bedding from my bedroom, I tracked my problem down to feather pillows and my favorite down comforter. Switching to a synthetic comforter did provide some relief. But, like many people forced to switch, I was either too warm or too cold at some point during the night 100 silk bedding. The synthetics never seemed to provide the perfect solution for me.
During a trip to Shanghai, China I discovered something fabulous – silk comforters. And not just any silk comforter, these were the real thing; a 100% mulberry silk comforter. After one night in the hotel, I was in love. My comforter was soft and light-like sleeping under a cloud, it was warm but didn’t get too warm or too cold during the night, and best of all it breathed! I learned as your body throws off heat, silk wicks the moisture away; keeping you at a comfortable temperature and dry all night long.
There was another bonus. Remember those dust mites, mold, fungus and chemicals I described earlier? Silk has a natural defense against all of them. It’s a substance called sericin. Dust mites don’t like it and neither do fungus and mold. Silk provides a natural protection against all of them without the addition of chemical processing.
The Chinese have known about the delights of silk since 2640 BC, some 4000 years ago. Sometime around then, the Empress Hsi-Ling-Shi, wife of Emperor Huang Ti, unlocked the mystery of silk and devoted herself to the care of the silkworms and the mulberry trees they fed on. She is credited with inventing the first silk loom and creating an entire fashion trend at the palace as well as an industry that employed thousands of people to satisfy the Chinese aristocracy’s demand for silk. She’s certainly earned my eternal gratitude.
Silk is as luxurious as it is durable. Compared to feathers used in down comforters, which begin to break down after a few years of use, silk fibers are naturally strong and elastic. A silk comforter does require proper care such as keeping it clean and airing it out occasionally. But, with that minimal care, your silk comforter will give you many years if not decades of good service.