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Wool seat liner improves Harrison's sleep

17 March 2014

The Woolmark Company has received a heart-warming email from a lady whose one-year-old son's sleep has greatly improved by him sleeping on a wool seat liner. Her son has Male Turner's syndrome, and had previously had problems sleeping in his stroller.

Harrison, happy on his Bugaboo wool seat liner
Harrison, happy on his Bugaboo wool seat liner.

In May this year, The Woolmark Company received a request from a lady, Paula, in the UK for some washing instructions for the wool seat liner in her Bugaboo stroller. During the ensuing correspondence between The Woolmark Company and Paula, a heart-warming story emerged of the difference that the wool seat liner has made to Paula’s life, but in particular to her son, Harrison, who was born in May 2013 with a rare genetic chromosome condition.

Here is Paula’s story, in her own words, that she sent to The Woolmark Company:

The last year has been like a rollercoaster ride. Harrison spent six weeks in intensive care and we were told to expect the worst. He had many problems including heart failure – he was a born fighter though and proved all the specialists wrong - he was diagnosed at two weeks’ old with a condition called 45x 46xy mosaic or often known as Male Turner’s syndrome.

He is a year old now and the size of a five month baby - he can't sit, crawl or walk and he has problems feeding so he has to have an NG tube. He has regular physio and specialist appointments and sees doctors at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital at Guy’s and St Thomas' in London.

He is the most gorgeous little boy and has a beautiful smile that lights up my world. He has problems sleeping and the wool liner has changed that - his pushchair (the Bugaboo Bee) was too uncomfortable for him - due to his size - he spent the first year in the car seat but I decided to buy and try the liner and it’s changed everything - he loves his pushchair now and will sleep during the day in it. It has been a miracle and has opened up a new world for Harrison and a new chapter in our lives - I don't feel trapped in the house anymore and I feel relieved he is happy in his pushchair.

We have a long way to go on our journey - but it’s the little things that make our life easier that helps us on that journey. Thank you so much for the precious wool seat liner. You can't imagine the difference it has made to our lives. We are forever in your debt.

The Bugaboo Wool Seat Liner is made of Woolmark-certified 100% pure new wool pile of 23-27 micron on one side. It is one of three wool accessories in the Bugaboo Wool Collection, the other two being the Bugaboo Wool Blanket and Bugaboo Wool Mattress Cover made of Woolmark-certified 100% extra fine Merino wool.

Bugaboo launched the collection, with support from The Woolmark Company, last year in northern hemisphere markets and in March this year in Australia at the ‘Lal Lal Estate’ property of woolgrower Geoff Fisken.

We wish Paula and Harrison, and the rest of their family, all the very best for the future.

Stories like Paula’s certainly add weight to the claim that better sleep is achieved when sleeping with wool. As part of The Woolmark Company’s ongoing strategy, the company is establishing and building on pre-existing scientific evidence of wool’s inherent health and wellness credentials. This includes research to evaluate the comparative benefits of wool in the areas of sleep quality and quantity.

Previous studies suggest that sleep quality improves when sleeping on or under wool. This appears to be related to wool’s unique temperature and moisture management properties, and texture.
The Woolmark Company is currently funding sleep research studies with three Australian organisations: University of Sydney, La Trobe University and RMIT University, and in addition, final touches are being put on an international collaboration involving commercial knitters focussed on Merino sleepwear.

The Woolmark Company-funded research at the University of Sydney has found that sleeping in Merino wool apparel can promote the ease of falling asleep and enhance deep sleep.

A Woolmark-funded pilot study into children’s sleep undertaken by La Trobe University suggests that the sleep environment affects child sleep outcomes and generated preliminary evidence that use of wool was associated with good sleep outcomes in the population surveyed. Follow-on research is under way.

This sleep research is also supported by the work of a team at RMIT University, which uses a high tech life-size manikin (named ‘Newton’) to compare the insulation properties of wool and non-wool sleepwear and bedding.