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How To Find The Perfect Cooling Weighted Blanket

To stay comfortable in the summer, you need the perfect cooling weighted blanket. That means getting one that's the right weight for you. It should weigh about 10 percent of your body weight. Additionally, an ideal weighted blanket has a cover of cotton and glass beads as a filler as both materials have cooling properties.

What is a weighted blanket?

Weighted, gravity, and anxiety blankets are all the same thing. They apply even pressure across your body to help you sleep better at night. They can weigh as much as 30 pounds.
Cotton is a common cover material as it's soft and breathable. Other options include:
  • Fleece
  • Flannel
  • Silk
  • Minky/Plush
Another option you need to decide on is the filler material. Glass beads are preferable because they're noiseless, cool, and smooth. But some blankets out there utilize plastic pellets and steel shots.

How does it work?

Weighted blankets utilize a therapy technique called Deep Pressure Stimulation. When people and animals are gently squeezed, they become calmer and more docile. These blankets essentially hug you at night to help your body relax.
However, getting a bear hug for hours on end is just the beginning. Through this application of pressure, the brain releases several beneficial hormones. Serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and melatonin come out in greater quantities. Each one plays a vital role in your well-being, so people with certain medical conditions can benefit greatly.

What medical conditions do weighted blankets help?

Medications and other therapies may be recommended for people with the below health problems. However, your lifestyle also plays an important part in how well you feel. If you have any of the following, then a weighted blanket may be right for you.

Depression

Depression entails persistent negative thoughts. This can lead to other mental health problems, such as anxiety, and it can also lead to potentially dangerous behaviors.
Serotonin and oxytocin are your body's "happy" chemicals. A rush of serotonin gives you a greater sense of well-being. When you get these chemicals, you become less irritated and angry, allowing you to rest more easily.

Insomnia

An insomniac has trouble going to sleep at night. This is often followed by fatigue and trouble concentrating the next day because the person didn't get enough rest.
Typically, insomnia is related to your body's level of melatonin. This is the hormone that keeps your body's sleep cycle in check. When it's dark out, melatonin tells your body it's time to sleep. An imbalance in this chemical could cause you to stay awake. And DPS helps your brain produce more of this critical material.

Anxiety

It's natural to feel stressed when something goes wrong at work. However, when you feel that way all the time in scenarios that don't call for it, you may have an anxiety disorder. Such intense levels of stress can keep you up for hours at night.
Anxiety triggers your body's "fight or flight" response mechanism. Your body always feels like it needs to fight, but there's nothing to battle against. A weighted blanket applies pressure, which lowers your heart rate. This helps limit that "fight or flight" response, so you can relax.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental and neurological disorder that starts in early childhood. It follows a person throughout life with no known cure. It impacts how the person learns, communicates, and interacts with others.
Behavioral disturbances and anxiety are common in people with autism. That anxiety makes it tough to sleep, and kids, in particular, with autism may fidget in bed. A weighted blanket helps relax the muscles, so you're not inclined to move around as much.

ADHD (in children)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects millions of children and adults. People report feeling impulsive, hyperactive, and distracted.
This restlessness makes it tough to lie down and rest. That's why kids with ADHD can benefit greatly from a weighted blanket. It relaxes the nervous system so that kids don't feel compelled to walk around the house at night.

Chronic Pain

Pain that doesn't go away for several weeks, months, or years is referred to as "chronic." It can happen anywhere on your body. And people in this kind of pain may have trouble falling asleep.
Weighted blankets help immensely for these individuals. The introduction of more serotonin and melatonin in the body promote a better mood and more restful sleep. You just want to talk with your doctor to make sure a weighted blanket isn't going to be too heavy for your body and cause more discomfort.

PTSD

Experiencing or watching a traumatic circumstance can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. Some people still experience anxiety, depression, and nightmares years after the event.
All of these can keep you up at night. But a weighted blanket, which helps release melatonin and serotonin, you may have an easier time resting.

Other benefits of using a weighted blanket

You don't need a doctor's note to buy a weighted blanket. If you just want some of the best sleep you've ever experienced, then a weighted blanket is right for you.

Better Quality Sleep

Your brain cycles through different stages of rest at night. Each stage is critical to waking up feeling rejuvenated. And a weighted blanket helps you sleep for 8 hours straight. It comforts your body and lets you relax, so even if you're stressed, you don't have to worry as much about waking up for no reason.

You Sleep Longer

After waking up in the middle of the night, it can be tough to go back to sleep. You might be stressed out about how much longer you can stay in bed and not quite feel relaxed enough to slumber. With a weighted blanket, you're comfortable the entire night, and your chances of waking up unexpectedly decrease substantially.

Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker

You can put away the smartphone to help you fall asleep faster. Another step that can help you fall asleep shortly after lying in bed is to use a weighted blanket. The soothing sensation keeps your relaxed, so your body wants to doze off.

Alleviates Stress

Issues at school, work, and home can make it nearly impossible to feel comfortable enough to sleep. While a weighted blanket can't get rid of the cause of the stressor, it can at least snuggle your body to feel more at ease. With oxytocin and other essential neurotransmitters released, your stress levels go down for the time being.

Things a cooling weighted blanket should have

A weighted blanket may be heavy. But that doesn't mean it keeps you warmer. You can stay cool regardless of the season by getting the right cooling weighted blanket to snuggle up to at night.

The Right Fabric

You need to consider the fabric the blanket is made out of. Some are more breathable than others. That way, you don't sweat an entire puddle over the course of the evening.
  • Cotton - Cotton is Snuggle Pro's cover material of choice. It's soft to the touch and allows your body to breathe in the summer. You can find 100 percent Oeko-Tex certified organic hypoallergenic cotton in Snuggle Pro's blankets you can wear all year round.
  • Bamboo - Snuggle Pro also offers a bamboo duvet cover. The bamboo is breathable and durable to keep you cozy in the summer. However, when you flip it over, you notice the other side consists of Minky plush. This is the side to have against your body in the winter, so you're comfortable no matter what.

The Right Filling

  • Glass Beads - Glass beads are the best filler for the summer. This material stands up great in the heat, and there's no risk of melting. The same cannot be said for other weighted blanket fillers like plastic pellets. Steel beads absorb far too much heat and may make the blanket unbearable in warm weather. Snuggle Pro uses premium non-toxic glass beads to give you a smooth, cozy blanket.

Additional things to consider when choosing a weighted blanket

1. Weight and Size

You want to follow the 10 percent rule when deciding on a new weighted blanket. The blanket should ideally be 10 percent of your body weight. Additionally, it should be the same size as your mattress. If you need some help, follow the table below for guidance.
Individual Weight
Combined Weight (Couples)
Blanket Weight
Blanket Size
30-50lbs.
N/A
5lbs.
36"x48"
50-70lbs.
N/A
7lbs.
41"x60"
70-100lbs.
N/A
10lbs.
41"x60"
100-160lbs.
150-200lbs.
15lbs.
48"x72" Twin
60"x80" Queen
160-230lbs.
200-250lbs.
20lbs.
60"x80"
230lbs.+
250-300lbs.
25lbs.
80"x87"
*It's important to remember that a weighted blanket is not recommended for children under 2 years of age, even if they weigh at least 30lbs.

2. Machine Washable

You need to wash your weighted blanket 3 to 4 times a year. Cotton is safe to put in the washer as long as it's a gentle cycle with cold water.
Additionally, you should only put your weighted blanket in your residential washer if it weighs 20 pounds or less. Anything more than that needs to be cleaned in a commercial washer you'd find at a laundromat.
Luckily, all of Snuggle Pro's blankets are safe for the washing machine. Some even come with a removable cover. That way you don't have to wash every single layer.

3. Can Be Used Year-Round

Needing to buy two weighted blankets can be a hassle. You need to get one that's suitable all year round. Snuggle Pro's cotton blanket has breathable construction to keep you cozy every season.
But you should also look into Snuggle Pro's duvet cover. It comes with a removable layer, which makes for easy washing. One side has cooling bamboo while the other has warm mink. You can flip it throughout the year so that you never feel uncomfortable in your own bedroom.

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