We lose around half a litre of moisture each night
We lose a lot of moisture when we sleep, and this is why good ventilation is so important. This also applies to the mattress. A mattress that is capable of directing a lot of moisture away from the body contributes to a good nigh
60% of the human body is made up of water. This may seem like a lot, but we need this water to regulate our body temperature, among other functions. If this temperature climbs too high, this is regulated by the evaporation of moisture from our skin, resulting in a drop in temperature again. This means that this moisture all ends up in our mattress at night. Incidentally, you sleep a lot better when your body temperature is at the right and preferably constant leve
Constant body temperature
Where does all that moisture go?
An average mattress absorbs all this moisture and usually stores it, causing it to become damp and therefore unhygienic. Over the course of time, these mattresses will also start emitting an unpleasant odor which is difficult to eliminate. Apart from this, it’s also difficult to sleep well on a damp mattress. You will often either be too warm or too cold, and this can interrupt your sleep.
A good quality mattress is important for waking up well-rested in the morning. This is a mattress that offers optimal ventilation, since this helps fight moisture build-up and prevents mould from developing (a source of allergies). In addition, a mattress that does not offer proper ventilation causes you to perspire more.
Good ventilation in the bedroom is important
According to sleep experts, around 18 degrees is the optimal bedroom temperature. Good ventilation is important since you need fresh air to get a healthy night’s sleep. This also makes it easier to regulate body heat, ensures that you sleep more deeply, and prevents symptoms such as headaches and irritation of the airways.
A stuffy climate will quickly develop in a room that is not well-ventilated as a result of the carbon dioxide that you exhale during the night. Opening a window for ventilation may lead to a higher energy bill because it means cold air is coming in, but it is not a waste; clean air is essential for a healthy sleeping and living environment. A mattress with good ventilation also makes a substantial contribution in this regard.
A level of humidity in the bedroom that is too low can lead to a dry mouth and throat, irritation of the throat and dry mucous membranes.
Since this is a good breeding ground for pathogens, you become more susceptible to illnesses such as a cold, a sore throat and even bronchitis.
When the level of humidity in the bedroom is too high, however, this also affects the quality of sleep because your body will feel damp and warm and you will perspire more.
Excessively high humidity and perspiration will also shorten the life of the mattress since all this moisture gets trapped inside the mattress. Finally, the high humidity also increases dust mites’ chances of survival.
It is possible for condensation to develop in the bedroom, and this is visible from drops of water on the windows, or even small puddles of water that collect at the bottom of the window. Peeling wallpaper, blistering or peeling paint and the development of undesirable mould are also typical signs of condensation.
All of this is the result of a shortage of fresh air, and thus a shortage of proper ventilation. This causes the humidity to rise, everything starts feeling damp, and moisture will collect on cold surfaces. Windows and exterior walls/façades are usually cold, and this is also where the first signs of condensation are usually visible.
Advantages of good ventilation
Good ventilation in the bedroom and in the mattress make the regulation of body heat and the evaporation of perspiration easier so that you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Perspiring less also means a less damp bedroom. Good ventilation helps prevent moisture build-up in the mattress, which in turn prevents mould in the mattress or on the underside of the bed.
If a mattress does not ventilate well, you will perspire more and the mattress will start emitting an unpleasant odor in time. Airing out the mattress for brief periods doesn’t have much of an effect since the moisture (and other substances) just get back in again. Good ventilation is much better, as is, of course, choosing a mattress with optimal ventilation, such as the mattresses from Vita Talalay®. Fresh air in the bedroom also ensures that you sleep more deeply, and prevents symptoms such as headaches and irritation of the airways.
Ventilation to promote hygiene and prevent allergies
Mattresses and pillows are the ideal environment for dust mites, bacteria and mould. This is naturally something we would prefer to avoid. Good ventilation reduces the chance of these occurring since dust mites feel most at home in dark, damp areas. They feed on mould and on dead skin cells from humans, and this is why mattresses, duvets and pillows are their ideal habitats. Good ventilation ensures effective moisture and heat regulation.
The unique open, round cellular structure of Vita Talalay® mattresses directs moisture and heat optimally away from the body, creating an inhospitable environment for dust mites and reducing the chances of allergies. The mattresses can therefore help repel dust mites and prevent allergies. Besides, sleeping on a mattress with good ventilation is better, more hygienic and healthier.