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A sound summer slumber

We all know there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to make us feel that much better to face the new day ahead, but as our weather starts to warm, we need to cool down our beds, both layer wise and appearance wise.


A winterweight duvet in the shade of hot chilli does not soothe a tired soul on a sweltering night. So, here’s the lowdown on keeping your bed stylish and your body temp down low this summer.

If you haven’t already, think about investing in a lighter duvet or comforter of cotton, linen, silk, or any other lightweight fabric. A lightweight bedspread in fresh colours brings an instant breezy summer feel to rooms. Try a classic white, or mix it up with summery sorbets in pale pinks, purples and cornflour blues.

Keep sheets and blankets in lighter colours too; remember, less heat is absorbed during the day with lighter colours. Layer thinner sheets and blankets to stay cooler or warmer as the temperature changes. The fabric in your sheets makes all the difference and natural options, like linen, cotton, bamboo and silk breathe and both look and feel luxurious.

Matelassé (pronounced “mat-le-SAY”) blankets, coverlets, bedspreads, and pillow shams are the perfect layer of lightweight warmth. Matelassé is made from luxurious fabrics intricately woven on jacquard looms in Portugal and Italy. To avoid waking with cold feet, (we all know what that’s like) drape a lightweight wool throw over the end of your bed to keep them warm.


Keeping your cool: Dreamwool Beds Ltd

With hotter weather fast approaching, we’re all enjoying the longer, warmer days but, for many of us, the balmy summer nights can quickly turn into the sleepless discomfort of overheating and night sweats. And your bed could be making it worse!


Dreamwool Director and Mattress Designer David Henderson says most mass-produced mattresses perform poorly in the warmer weather because they’re filled with synthetic products.

Memory foam, polyester and gel; then surrounded by a foam box which doesn’t allow for air circulation.

These materials lack breathability, making sleep uncomfortable or even impossible with the build-up of heat through the evening.

The luxurious single-source Merino and other natural materials of a Dreamwool mattress are far better at controlling your bed’s microclimate than any synthetic product.

The ventilation and breathability of a Dreamwool bed keeps you cooler and drier, promoting a lower heart rate to help you get to deeper sleep, faster.

And David says they’re better than ever.

“We’ve been busy upgrading our products and have recently rolled out what we think is the best range of mattresses Dreamwool has ever produced. Our improved product line now includes 25 percent more natural, single-source Merino from select South Island farms.

“That’s a full 10.5kg of wool for a super king mattress: up to six times more than other mattresses! We have also added 30 percent more latex to the Pocketsprings range and refined our micro-coils to have twice the number of springs, encased in an all-natural calico and plant fibre for maximum comfort and breathability.”

All of this adds up to a noticeable increase in plushness and comfort. Dreamwool’s unique design includes a range of flexible slat bases that work with your mattress to absorb the pressure on your shoulders and hips.

This gives you a better quality of sleep and comfort as air circulates underneath your mattress, with the added benefit of a design that gives you a bed that’s easier to make.

Dreamwool’s custom woollen overlay with thousands of tiny micro-coils provides natural insulation in any season, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.

With a huge range of customisation options, there truly is a Dreamwool bed for everyone. Visit Dreamwool’s Sydenham showroom to find yours.

Lovingly handcrafted in Christchurch for nearly a century, Dreamwool’s uncompromising quality and craftsmanship will give you the most luxurious sleep of a lifetime.

Visit Dreamwool Beds, 96 Disraeli Street, Sydenham, phone 03 343 5105 or online.


Dream big for beauty’s sake

Sleeping Beauty was put under a sleeping spell for 100 years, but it begs the question: was it really a curse or a blessing? Catching those Zs is a science-backed way to achieve an inner and outer glow, and here’s three ways to do just that.

Beauty sleep
“You look tired” are three words no one wants to hear. Dr Shelby Harris, a New York-based behavioural sleep-medicine specialist says sleep helps repair muscle damage and cell regrowth, improves brain function and regulates your mood. The key? Consistently having between seven- and eight-hours (and no, playing catch up at the weekend doesn’t count).

Princess and the pea
We’re recommending against putting your vegetables underneath your mattress, but we do suggest putting them into your body. So does registered dietitian and founder of wellness education studio, Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman. She says a well-balanced diet combined with at least 20-minutes of cardio exercise each day optimises your sleep – and therefore its benefits.

Screen queens
The one-more-episode mentality is a dangerous game to play before bed. Bingeing on streaming services or having one last scroll through social media keeps your brain active – resulting in a greater struggle falling asleep once you put your device down. The solution? Scientific studies suggest avoiding screens one to two hours before bed.


A luxury holiday at home: Dreamwool Beds

The whole world would agree: New Zealanders are some of the luckiest people on earth. With our national lock-down deemed a global success and our lives now mostly re-opened for business, we are enjoying a much more normal life than most these days.



But all that safety and security has not come without sacrifices from our team of five million.

Many of us are now longing for that annual mid-winter journey to the high summer of the Northern Hemisphere, or a cheeky beachside holiday to an idyllic island paradise in the South Pacific.

With New Zealand’s borders closed for a while longer, how can we treat ourselves to some world-class pampering from the comfort of home this winter?

David from Dreamwool Beds has just the solution. “Swap the luxury holiday for a luxury bed,” he says.

“It’ll last longer and make a bigger difference to your life!”

Just think how wonderful it would be to have that top-end resort experience every night.

The best sleep you’ll ever have starts with the highest quality merino wool, sourced directly from select South Island farms.

New Zealand made and natural in all the right ways, Dreamwool mattresses have been handcrafted in Christchurch for nearly 100 years.

Dreamwool’s breathable merino wool adjusts to changes in body temperature to maximise comfort and create perfect balance – never too hot or too cold.

And with four customisable pocketspring models and three all-natural Latex models, David says there really is a perfect Dreamwool fit for everyone.

“Your bed is the most important item in your house,” David says.

“You spend more time there than anywhere else in the home. And with the quality and craftsmanship of Dreamwool, you’re investing in the most luxurious sleep of a lifetime.”

So stop daydreaming about faraway destinations and pop down to Dreamwool’s showroom to test the superior quality and craftsmanship for yourself.

David and his team can’t wait to help you find your perfect Dreamwool fit. You can even complete your experience with resort-quality organic cotton sheets.

Enjoy a luxury holiday experience from the comfort of home this winter.

With Dreamwool’s slimmer, European style mattress and flexible slat base, you’ll be dreaming that you’re on the Riviera in no time!

For more information, visit the Dreamwool Beds showroom at 96 Disraeli Street, Sydenham, search or call 0800 753 754.


Shhh… It’s a secret: Dreamwool Beds

The whole country has just spent more than a month quarantined in their homes. Spending a significant time in one space, you tend to notice a few things. Maybe the fence needs another coat of paint, the garden is looking rather overgrown or the mattress is feeling uncomfortable.



Well if it is the latter, we have the solution for you. We caught up with David from Dreamwool Beds on how he spent his time in isolation, what is going to get you through those winter months and most importantly the secret to a good night’s sleep.

Like the rest of us, David also recently spent a significant time in his home.

When we asked him how he made the most of that time he laughed to himself and replied, “Well… I spent more time in bed”.

He went on to explain that a leading cause of that was the electric recliner! With more time on his hands came a lot more reading, relaxing and thinking.

Mainly the reoccurring thought was how “I’m lucky that I have such a nice bed, but a lot of people were probably sitting in their bed wishing theirs wasn’t so uncomfortable”.

And if you were one of those people thinking you could do with a bit of an upgrade, then the answer is a Dreamwool mattress packed with generous layers of merino wool.

The difference between the natural and that of the synthetic is that the mattress can breathe and keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter because, “body temperature is key to a good night sleep”, David says.

The team puts enough Merino wool in so that you can reap all of the benefits and get the best night sleep possible; ensuring that you wake up in the morning more recovered. It really is the secret to a quality night sleep.

The way the world would normally carry out every day processes has been flipped on its head.

So, we found out the best way you can start looking for your must-have mattress and just how Dreamwool Beds can make it safe and accessible for customers.

While the team will not be turning people away at the door, it is preferable that you make an appointment ahead of time.

Social distancing will be implemented with one person or couple at a time. Fresh pillowcases will be given on entry to be used on each bed.

David ensured that they “Will have your best interest and health and safety at heart. Some people prefer facetime, phone or even a Zoom consultation”.

WINTER SALE: Dreamwool Beds are having a Winter Sale through to the end of June. When you purchase a Dreamwool mattress, you will save 50 percent on one of their matching flexible slat bases. Terms and conditions apply