Tips for choosing a mattress

Getting quality sleep throughout the night is a critical element of good health.

It has been scientifically proven that a multitude of restorative processes occur during sleep and that only by ensuring a deep and uninterrupted sleep can they produce their beneficial effects.

Choosing the mattress that best suits our body will be essential to achieve that optimal rest.


We know that looking for a mattress entails an important learning process about the newest technologies since it is likely that many years have passed since the last purchase, that is why we want to give some very simple guidelines to serve as a reference:

We sleep a third of our life. Give the importance it has to this process of buying a mattress. A mattress is a product that will be our bed, where we will sleep an average of 30,000 hours, so it is very important to devote some time, it will be a very good investment.

When to change it? Asocama, the Spanish association of mattress manufacturers, recommends to do it at most every 10 years, for hygiene and comfort. The materials deteriorate with time, lose their comfort properties and no longer guarantee either rest or hygiene. A mattress in bad condition causes pain and makes you wake up without energy.

What is good for one is not good for all, many times we hear, “…I did very well with a mattress of xxxx material…” this should not influence our decision since rest needs are absolutely individual. There is not a perfect solution for everyone, we must be advised to indicate the product that best suits our way of sleeping and our physiognomy.

Search by materials and not by needs. Sometimes it can confuse more than help. We must not get obsessed with materials. It is simple, what we are looking for is a product that allows us to sleep well. Technology is the means to get a good rest but first we must know what comfort is the most suitable for us. Try and trust the sensations, that’s what really matters.

“No one gives you a hard time”, is a phrase that has been coined, but the reality is that research, materials, technologies and developments require an investment that many companies cannot afford. Be wary of bargain offers and turn to first-rate manufacturers who are specialists in what they do and see here for more on offering guarantees.

Size matters. Yes, the surface where we have slept since childhood has been 90×190, but buying your own mattress to share bed with another person has always been the average 135×190, which gives each person a rest space of…67.5cms, very reduced, represents a significant decrease in the “living” space to rest.

The trend today is to go towards 150×190 or more recently 180×200, both measures already considered quite standard. Only in the measure of 180×200 would we be using the same “living” space as when we slept alone.

Long? Important, yes, the mattress should allow you to lie down and not have your feet hanging out. There should be a space of about 10-15 cms. Underneath, this will guide us in the measure of the length of the mattress that we need.

Everything counts. A good rest is achieved thanks to the combination of a mattress, a pillow and a suitable base. We tend to think of giving all the responsibility of the rest to the mattress but in fact it is important to take into account that a badly chosen or badly maintained pillow can make the best mattress useless because that simple element will make us unable to sleep.

Increasingly common allergies, it is important to consider this point when buying, nothing should be taken for granted, not all mattresses are the same and not all have specific treatments, only Pikolin has developed components that apply in the foams of the layers just below the fabric that ensure maximum hygiene against dust mites bacteria and fungi specific to rest.

Because if, although it is not easy to talk about this subject, after a few years the mattress accumulates remains of dead skin of microscopic size that is deposited on the mattress (although logically the sheets are changed and washed) that is the food of the mites whose feces are the allergens that cause a significant amount of allergies.

Temperature. Yes, yes, temperature is something that concerns us because men and women have different thermostats. Yet there are basic principles that improve temperature control in a bed. The spring blocks are the core of the mattress with the most ventilation, thanks to the fact that air circulates freely inside them the aeration capacity is maximum. It is the insulating air chamber, similar to the roof coverings in houses.

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