Research into the importance of a good night’s sleep to ensure both physical and mental good health has come to the fore in recent years. But even without the scientific research we all know the benefits a solid forty winks makes to our overall wellbeing.

In achieving a good night’s sleep, the importance of a high-quality mattress can’t be overstated. It really is the foundation on which getting a solid eight hours a night is built.

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This is where a mattress from Lake District-based Herdysleep comes into its own in ensuring the perfect night’s sleep. The benefits of choosing the Herdy mattress are two-fold. As well as being a modern mattress – this latest mattress is the third generation version and embraces all the technological advances of a 21st Century mattress – the ethos behind Herdysleep will also aid your beauty sleep.

The Herdysleep mattress, which is completely recyclable, perfectly represents what Herdy founders Diane and Spencer Hannah believe in – sustainability, supporting the local community and environmental awareness, and the new mattress from Herdysleep embodies Diane and Spencer’s principles.

The Westmorland Gazette: Wool from Herwick sheep makes a Herdysleep mattress uniqueWool from Herwick sheep makes a Herdysleep mattress unique

Let’s start with the mattress’s core ingredient – wool – but not any old wool. More specifically, wool from Cumbria’s iconic, and much celebrated and cherished, Herdwick sheep. Herdwick wool is at the heart of the Herdysleep mattress.

“We deal exclusively with six small, family-run fell farms here in the Lake District,” said Rochdale born Diane, “purchasing the entire wool clip from all six farms, and paying fair trade rates, which is a better rate for the farmer.

“The beauty of sleeping on wool is, as well as being naturally hypoallergenic, wool is highly absorbent and breathable. It is a natural insulator and helps to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.

“We don’t use chemicals, glue or foam - which means that a Herdysleep mattress is better for you and a 100 per cent recyclable at the end of its life.”

With over seven million mattresses dumped in UK landfills every year, the fact that the Herdy mattress is fully recyclable is an important step in the right direction.

Each mattress is handmade by master bed makers at the Leeds-based, family run company, Harrisons Spinks, who have been making quality mattresses for over 150 years and are a Carbon Neutral Plus certified manufacturer.

As well as the ingenious and innovative use of Herdwick wool, the Herdysleep mattress uses the latest triple layered, Cortec™ System spring technology, ensuring that every part of the body in contact with the mattress is fully supported.

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Since founding Herdy in 2007 as a business designing and producing quality gift items aimed at the Cumbrian tourist trade and baring the distinctive ‘Herdy’ sheep design, Diane and Spencer, who hail from Lancashire, have been committed to supporting local communities and charities and organisations.

Said Diane: “We set up the Herdyfund when we launched Herdy in 2007, contributing a percentage of the company profits to supporting upland fell farming, Cumbria’s rural communities, and, of course, the lovable Herdwick sheep.

“Today the Herdyfund is proudly an official charitable fund of the Cumbria Community Foundation. As well as giving financial support, the Herdyfund brings people together to create innovative and ambitious solutions to the problems facing farmers and rural communities.”

The Westmorland Gazette: Sales of the Herdy Heroes tea towel has help raise £25,000Sales of the Herdy Heroes tea towel has help raise £25,000

The sale of their Herdy Heroes t-towel, which celebrates local and national heroes who have risen to the challenges the coronavirus pandemic presented us, has so far raised £25,000, which will benefit four charities: NHS Charities Together, Great North Air Ambulance Charity, Cumbria Community Foundation, The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.

If you are in need of a new mattress – it is recommended that you change your mattress every 10 years – and are seeking one made to the highest possible standards, both in its construction and ethical approach, then the Herdysleep mattress is for you. The Herdysleep mattress offers both the necessary comfort and support for a good night’s sleep, while the green credentials and the community sustainability ethos of Herdy offers peace of mind too, the perfect combination for a good night’s sleep.

To find out more about Herdysleep's new mattress, go to: Herdysleep 

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