The duvet influences the sleeping environment and body temperature at night. You can find out here which duvets and filling materials are available and which blanket best suits your sleeping habits.
Table of Contents
- A blanket for healthy sleep
- Duvets at a glance
- Summer blankets
- Winter blankets
- All-season blankets
- Duvet fabrics and fillings
- Which blanket is right for me?
1. A blanket for healthy sleep
Whether light and airy or fluffy and warm - which duvet we use is crucial for our feeling of well-being and whether we have a restful night. The duvet can not only influence the nighttime sleeping environment, but also the body temperature and in this way support healthy sleep. You can read about why body temperature is so important for healthy sleep here.
The duvet has a direct influence on the surface temperature of the body and the feeling of warmth or cold at night. Which blanket best suits your sleeping habits depends on your personal feeling and your sleeping environment. Some people have a higher need for heat, some a lower one, while others are more sensitive to temperature fluctuations and therefore quickly start to sweat or freeze.
We'll show you the most popular types of duvets and how to find out which duvet is best suited to help you get a comfortable night's sleep.
2. Duvets at a glance
Characteristics of a good blanket
A good duvet helps to keep the body temperature in the normal range in which the radiating body heat is stored or dissipated at the correct intensity. In order to avoid heat or moisture build-up, you should make sure that your duvet does not provide too little warmth, but also not too much. It should also be able to absorb any moisture that arises and release it into the room air so that it does not build up under the ceiling. Which material is best suited to maintain these properties should then be chosen according to the type of sleep and heat requirements, which can also change over the seasons.
Even in summer and when outside and room temperatures are higher, you shouldn't do without a duvet so that you are protected from cold drafts at night, heat and sweat are dissipated from the skin and a healthy body temperature can be held.
Thin summer blankets are ideal here. They are often characterized by their low weight, less filling and particularly moisture-regulating materials. This means they rest more easily on the body without adding additional weight and help you avoid sweating or freezing on hot nights. Popular materials are cotton, high-quality polyester fibers. or thin down fillings.
Duvets for the cold seasons are usually heavier and contain a lot of filling so that they provide sufficient warmth and create a cozy, cozy feeling. Depending on your heat needs, the blanket should not be too warm or should be tight so that your body temperature can drop sufficiently and you don't sweat at night. Winter blankets are often made of natural materials that have a heat-insulating effect and store body heat well. These include, for example, down feathers, camel hair or some synthetic fibers.
All year round blanket
An all-season blanket is suitable for use in any season and is particularly practical in transitional periods or bedrooms with small temperature fluctuations. In terms of filling capacity and warmth effect, it is usually between the summer and winter duvets and can therefore be used flexibly all year round, so that changing the duvet is not necessary for many models.
3. Ceiling fillings at a glance
Each ceiling material has its advantages and disadvantages and should therefore be chosen according to your own needs and preferences.
Down is a particularly fine feather that is primarily obtained from geese and ducks and is one of the classic fillers. Down comforters are usually particularly light, warm and cozy. They can insulate heat well and are therefore suitable for people with high heat needs. High-quality down is also very durable, but a little more difficult to care for than synthetic fillings because it is often difficult or impossible to wash. In addition, although they can absorb moisture well, they are comparatively worse at dissipating it than other filling materials and are therefore less suitable for sleepers who sweat a lot.
Feathers and down are animal products and, despite strict controls, down is still sometimes obtained from animals that are kept in poor conditions. That's why you should pay particular attention to the origin, quality and existing test seals of the materials.
Natural & plant fibers
Cotton, cashmere or camel hair are natural fillers that are characterized by temperature-regulating properties and effective moisture management. They wick away moisture well and are easier to clean than down. Blankets made from plant fibers are generally easy to wash and natural fibers such as camel hair have certain self-cleaning properties, so the blankets just need to be ventilated well on a regular basis. The natural fillings are usually a little heavier, not quite as warming and less suitable for allergy sufferers.
Synthetic fillers usually consist of industrially manufactured polyester fibers, which are relatively light and, depending on the quality, have good temperature and moisture regulating properties. Duvets made from synthetic fibers are generally very suitable for allergy sufferers and are easy to clean. High-quality materials such as Tencel™ or the PrimaLoft® Bio™ fiber are also made from natural or recycled raw materials and using environmentally friendly production processes - so they do not harm the environment or animal welfare. Some of them are characterized by down-like thermal insulation and, depending on the filling quantity, are well suited for all types of blankets.
4. Which duvet is right for me?
The perfect duvet is as individual as the mattress and the pillow. The following questions can help you determine which duvet might be best for you.
The size: How big should my duvet be?
This depends on your body type and personal preference. People who like to snuggle up, turn and move around a lot at night, or who want to share the blanket with a partner can opt for a larger duvet.
Common sizes: 135x200 cm, 135x220 cm, 155x200 cm, 155x220 cm
The type of blanket: Do I want a blanket for the whole year or change depending on the season?
If you don't want to change your blanket over the seasons or if the space in your bedroom remains the same, you can opt for a year-round blanket. If your bedroom is very hot in summer or rather cool in winter, we recommend changing the summer and winter blankets.
The filling material: How high is my personal heat requirement? Do I need certain properties?
Do you always have cold feet and get cold easily? Or do you start to sweat easily in warm temperatures? The heat requirement is an important factor when choosing the filling material. And other properties can also influence the choice of material, for example the price, sustainability or whether the filling is suitable for allergy sufferers.
The right cover: Which blanket cover do I want to use?
To perfectly round off the effect of your duvet, you can also think about which duvet cover suits your sleeping needs. We have presented an overview and tips on the best bed linen materials in this article.
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