What to bear in mind – the little mattress guide

You spend around a third of your life sleeping. How well you recuperate determines your health, well-being and productivity during the day. It is therefore worth adapting your sleeping environment to your own specific needs. A good mattress impresses in terms of ergonomics, bed climate, hygiene and durability. To choose the right model, we recommend consultation with a specialist and, of course, testing – then you can feel what is best for you. You should bear this in mind when shopping for a new mattress:

Weight and build

“A hard mattress is good for your back” – these days, this statement is considered outdated. If the body is not able to adequately sink into the padding, particularly around the shoulders and hips, this can lead to areas of tension and problems with circulation. Lighter people are therefore usually recommended to choose a softer mattress. Heavier people, however, require more support and usually lie better on harder mattresses. The firmness categories from the manufacturer serve as an indication – but the actual comfort can vary from case to case. It is therefore best to try it out yourself.

Do you share your bed with someone who is much lighter or heavier than you? It is then recommended that you consider mattresses with different firmness categories, but that are the same height. You can easily avoid an undesired “mattress gap” by using a single mattress cover.

Height to weight ratio is a good guide to a suitable firmness category

Sleep position

Do you prefer to sleep on your back, side or stomach? The weight should be distributed as evenly as possible in each sleep position to prevent pressure points. In the supine position, relieving pressure on the neck and supporting the lumbar spine are crucial, whilst shoulders and hips should sink nicely into the padding particularly when lying on your side. If you sleep on your stomach, make sure that the middle of your body does not “sag” at any time.

The spine should always rest in a natural and comfortable position. If you lie awkwardly, your body may react with unnecessary turning over, waking and even pain – at the expense of your quality of sleep and quality of life.

Der Härtegrad einer Matratze ist ausschlaggebend
An ideal mattress allows the spine to rest straight

Bed climate

A comfortably warm and dry bed ensures that you feel well and relaxed when falling asleep. Ideal climate conditions should help maintain a constant body temperature. As everyone sweats at night, mattresses and bedding should ensure that moisture is absorbed and regulated. Natural material, such as sheep’s wool in the cover, promote a good bed climate. Wool has good heat retention and can absorb and wick away moisture without feeling wet. It therefore prevents sweating or feeling cold and is simultaneously antibacterial and self-cleaning.

For those who sweat a lot, good ventilation is important. Choose a mattress with a high level of breathability, such as one with inner springs. People who really feel the cold, by contrast, are recommended a comfort foam mattress due to its high level of heat insulation (learn more below about different mattress types).

Hygiene

Optimal bed hygiene is an important factor for good health. Those with allergies should pay particular attention to the washability of the cover when purchasing. The covers are often also equipped to combat bacteria, fungi and moulds – in extreme cases, an encasement cover, i.e. a mould allergen-proof mattress cover, can also offer relief. In any case, you should air your bed daily, change bedding and pyjamas regularly and turn your mattress. Purchasing a new mattress is recommended every 10 years, as after this time, the mattress is not only becoming unhygienic but also losing its support strength.

Try at rest

It is recommended that you purchase a mattress in the morning – because what mattress does not feel comfortable after a night out? Where necessary, take your partner with you, as they may have fundamentally different requirements, and give yourself time to choose. You can of course take your own pillows with you, as this determines your neck position when lying down. In case of doubt or before the final purchase decision, we recommend that you spend 10-15 minutes on the mattress. Close your eyes and feel. After a few minutes, the material adapts fully to your body shape as a result of the pressure and heat. Do you feel comfortable and relaxed? No aches and pains, no dead arms or legs? Then you have probably found a solid foundation for a deep, healthy sleep.

We hope you enjoy looking for your new mattress.