Not sleeping well? Check your mattress!

Not sleeping well? Check your mattress!

04 August 2021

We all know the feeling: you sleep badly and it sets the tone for your whole day. No matter how incredible your time onboard the yacht, you find yourself looking forward to going home so you can sleep well in your own bed.

All too often yachts are equipped with moderate-to-poor seating and sleeping comfort. The result is that, whether you’re a water sports enthusiast or a lounging champion, you’ll get back problems during your stay onboard and you won’t sleep well. Read our checklist of seven things to check your mattress to determine the cause of your poor night’s sleep.

Check 1: Is your mattress thinner than 15 centimetres?
A mattress should not be too thin. A minimum thickness of 15 cm to 20 cm is necessary for good sleeping comfort. If the height in the cabin prevents this, thinner mattresses can be manufactured, but the quality must be adjusted accordingly.

Check 2: What is the status of the mattress cores?
Unzip the mattress cover and check the mattress core for pitting and mould. These are two things you absolutely should not see in your mattress and in this case, the mattress needs to be changed.

Check 3: Do you sleep on the used mattresses of the previous owner?
The right mattress is very personal and highly-dependent on the physique and weight of the owner. When you use the mattresses of the previous owner, there is little chance that the mattress will match your body and preferences.

Check 4: Does the mattress provide sufficient comfort?
Lie down on the mattress. Turn on the side where the pressure points of the hips and shoulders need support. If they touch the bottom of the sleeping place, this is not good, the mattress is too soft. It is also possible that you lie on top of the mattress, which means the mattress is too hard. Both situations cause uncomfortable nights.

Check 5: Does the weight of the mattress match the surface?
Estimate the weight of the mattress. A good mattress has a minimum weight of 50 kg per m3 and is at least 15 cm thick.

Check 6: Is there sufficient ventilation?
A slatted base ensures an airflow under the mattress, so that the perspiration can easily be drained. We use 4 cm of space under the mattress for ideal ventilation.

Check 7: Where did you get advice?
Orient yourself well. Before you have new boat mattresses made read references, view options and the range of quality offered. Be advised by professionals who know what they are talking about when it comes to yacht-specific mattresses. Please note that people ask about your body weight, the situation on board, the sailing area and your preferences. Your expectations must be well mapped out before your preferences can be created.

Are you in doubt about the quality of your mattress and would like the opinion of an expert? Call +31 (0)228 56 2045 without obligation or send an email to

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