Posted by: The Down Store | January 17, 2013

A High Quality Down Comforter Delivers a Perfect Night’s Sleep.

If you are having trouble sleeping  you will try anything for what seems so elusive, a good night’s sleep.  Regardless of the reason you are tossing and turning there is no shortage of material to read for tips and tricks on how to solve the problem. One of the simplest solutions is to examine your bedding. Wool blankets can be heavy and they do not hug the body like down so you end up with a tent like effect  allowing cool air to get in.  Polyester  will not be warm enough without plenty of heat in the bedroom, and definitely too hot in summer.  You may prefer to sleep in a cool room, which is definitely very healthy, but your bed covering may be inadequate to  handle this.  If you are cold in bed, you will definitely be waking up.

Nature’s perfect insulator is down, but high quality downs do the job  best.  What constitutes a high quality down is whether it is Eiderdown (a very rare down) or white goose down and  the region it is from.  Eiderdown comes from Iceland and the Arctic north of Canada and  the best white goose down comes from Eastern Europe and Canada.  The maturity of the bird is important as  mature birds produce large down clusters which in turn trap more air (body heat) to keep you toasty warm without weight,  even with little or no heat in the bedroom.  This measurement is called fill power, how much space 1 oz. of fill takes up in a cylinder after being compressed.  Anything over 650 fill power is considered luxury down.  Cluster count also is important in determining the quality of the down.  This is how many whole clusters are in the fill as opposed to pieces of down called “fly” or very small feathers.  The breakdown in the best white goose down  is usually 90% whole clusters to 10% fly or small feathers.  Since there is no such thing as 100% down (separation of down and feather cannot be done to this degree), 90/10 is a very high quality down with a  fill power of 800+.

Heirloom quality downs can be used year round.  This is because insulation is derived from air, not the fabric so it wicks away excess moisture in warmer months keeping you cool. This is how down “breathes”.

An investment in a high quality down comforter will last a lifetime with proper care,  and will save on energy as you can turn your heat  down, if not completely off. More importantly you will never sleep as well with anything else, plus you can have fun changing the decor of your room by just changing the duvet cover  which protects as well as lets you express your sense of style for your bedroom.


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