When it comes to sleeping well, the focus is almost always exclusively on the right mattress. Naturally, this is of crucial importance to get a good night’s rest. But even the best mattress will do no good if the blanket is too heavy, too warm or not sufficiently warming. Sleeping conditions play an important role for healthful sleep. Falling asleep and getting an entire night of restful sleep is much easier with the right blanket.
In theory it’s really simple: you lie down, close your eyes, clear your mind, doze off and wake up refreshed the next morning. But sleep and dream, the twins of the night, have gotten caught in the works of modern life. More than half of all Europeans occasionally suffer from sleep disorders, and at least 20 million are receiving medical treatment as a result. There are many reasons for this. Doctors differentiate between a total of 88 different sleep disorders. The main reasons are stress and sleeping quarters that do not allow us to rest well at night.
When it comes to the latter, most of us naturally think first of the mattress as the culprit. It must not be too hard, nor can it be saggy. Only then can the intervertebral discs regenerate. All of that is true. But the influence of a good blanket on our sleep continues to be underestimated. Sleeping conditions are the key in this context. The blanket should contribute to a feeling of comfort. It cannot do that if you are lying under it shivering or bathed in sweat.
If we are cold, we will not rest any better that someone who sweats excessively at night. It’s a vicious circle: if the bed is too warm, we push the blanket aside. The body, wet with sweat, is exposed to draughts and quickly cools down, which leads to muscle tension and stiffness. Back pain is practically inevitable as a result. So we cover up again, only to start sweating anew. Before we know it the night is over without having truly rested. It is little wonder then that a good blanket can have a positive influence on sleeping conditions, and therefore on sleep and back health.
But what are the characteristics of a blanket that make you feel truly comfortable? While blankets used to be filled mainly with feathers and down, high-tech fibres are much more commonly used today. Duvets are considered particularly warm and cuddly. However, blankets with high-quality functional fibres are now able to imitate almost all the characteristics of down as well. Fibrefill with what is known as a thermophysiological effect is considered ideal. Sounds complicated, but it’s not. It means nothing more than that the fibres ensure comfortable sleeping conditions and temperature compensation. There are fibres for the cold winter months that keep you comfortably warm, and fibres for the summer that actually have a scientifically proven cooling effect. When accumulated body heat can be dissipated from the body quickly and effectively, that is also good for restful sleep. Studies have shown that a temperature of 28 to 33 degrees Celsius under the blanket is ideal.
The size of the blanket is also important. It should envelop the entire body all night, protecting it against detrimental draughts. Tall and large individuals should therefore definitely have an oversize blanket. Even though the filling weight of the winter blanket is greater than that for the summer, it should be comfortably lightweight.
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