As the saying goes: “As you made your bed, you must lie on it resp. sleep in it”. This actually is true for healthy sleep, too. Because, our sleeping quality significantly depends on a suitable bedding content. As different the sleep needs are as different are the kinds of covers offered. Thick or thin, filled with down or sheep wool – the purchase decision depends to a large extent on personal requirements.
Care for optimal sleeping quality with the suitable cover
Healthy, restful sleep depends on different factors. A healthy lifestyle as well as an appropriate sleeping hygiene are some of them. It is a huge advantage that each and every one easily can influence sleeping quality in many ways. There are certain basic conditions for maximum physical regeneration during sleep:
- regular exercise during day
- balanced nutrition
- comfortable sleep surrounding a pleasant bedroom temperature and especially
- bedding content incl. a cover in suitable size and filling material
Your way to a suitable cover
One cover is not just like the other, quite the contrary. They differ from size to filling material. Important for your purchase decision are individual aspects like body size, personal heat sensitivity and tendency to sweating.
The proper size
- One factor influencing size is your body size and girth.
- Another one are your sleeping habits like sharing the cover with your partner or using two covers. Although having your partner close to you is reassuring and is enhancing intimacy, sharing one cover might also disturb sleep. Because, if one partner tends to sleeping restless the other one sooner or later ends up without any cover.
- Also, the size varies in different countries. Just some examples: the standard size in Austria is 140/200 cm, in Germany 135/200cm and in Switzerland 160/210 cm.
As a rule, you should pay attention that the cover is 20 cm longer than your height. Also, it should be wide enough.
The proper filling
What material is supporting restful and healthy sleep: down, synthetic fibers, natural fibers or natural hair? A comfortable bedding climate is influencing your sleep to a large extent. During night, we release about 1 to 1.5 liters humidity via breathing and via our skin. Therefore, the filling material should above all be breathable and moisture regulating.
- Down: covers filled with down are light and warm quickly. A disadvantage of down covers is the insufficient moisture regulation which leads to increased sweating. The humidity sticks to downs, the cover feels damp. The bedding climate is moist and warm – the ideal surrounding for dust mites.
- Synthetic fibers: covers with synthetic fibers are often quite cheap but differ in quality. Often, petroleum is used in production.
- Natural fibers: the advantage of natural fibers like Lyocell for example is their biological good degradability. Furthermore, they are breathable and have a good moisture regulation.
- Natural hair: natural hair like bio-active sheep wool is a renewable raw material. Sheep wool has excellent climate characteristics. It is breathable, has an antibacterial effect and is highly moisture regulating. Also, it is able to neutralize pollutants like formaldehyde for example. Furthermore, natural sheep wool possesses a high self-cleaning power. These characteristics lead to a comfortable dry and warm bedding climate. Dust mites have no chance to thrive. This makes sheep wool to a perfect filling material for people suffering under dust mite allergies.
The proper heat level
Which cover is needed clearly depends on the time of year. During the cold months of winter, a four-seasons-duvet cares for the warmth needed. In the warm and sometimes hot nights of summer a light, airy cover is perfect. For a comfortable transition period the spring resp. autumn duvets are ideal.