Cotton Weighted Blankets Are Great For Year-Round Use
It's crucial to find a weighted blanket for every temperature. Cotton weighted blankets are the best type for all-season sleeping. This breathable fabric keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter so you can keep using the same blanket all year round.
What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is just what it sounds like—a blanket with extra weight! Fillers, such as glass beads, steel balls, and poly plastic pieces, are added inside the blanket to create a sensation similar to a hug or being swaddled. The even compression stimulates your nervous system and releases cortisol-canceling endorphins that help you relax. The pressure also stimulates serotonin and melatonin production, helping you fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and rest better. So, it's no wonder weighted blankets are often referred to as natural sleep aids!
How does it work?
Deep Pressure Stimulation, or DPS, occurs when a weighted blanket places consistent pressure over your entire body. It's similar to the process your body undergoes during a massage, except all over your body! The serotonin released by the process is often referred to as "the happy chemical" for the way it helps relieve stress. After your body produces serotonin, it begins to produce melatonin, enabling you to sleep. Some of the benefits of DPS include:
- Better sleep
- Increased cognitive function
- Reduced stress/anxiety levels
What medical conditions do weighted blankets help?
Weighted blankets don't just help you sleep. They can also help decrease the symptoms of a few different physical and emotional conditions that make it harder to sleep at night.
Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a persistently depressed mood and loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment to daily life. Weighted blankets are a useful tool in combatting symptoms of depression. DPS actively produces both serotonin and oxytocin, which are helpful "happy thought" chemicals. It's important to mention that the benefits of weighted blankets aren't limited to nighttime: you can use them throughout the day, as needed. Studies show that 78% of adults use their weighted blankets as their preferred method of finding calming, happy thoughts.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that leads to an inability to fall and stay asleep, often causing difficulties throughout the day such as excessive daytime sleepiness and decreased cognitive function. Deep Pressure Stimulation for insomniacs is a two-step process. First, the initial release of serotonin throughout the body helps ease the stress and anxiety associated with falling asleep. Then, the slow, consistent melatonin release throughout the night helps maintain a night of restful sleep. This is especially important: if you have insomnia, there's a good chance your body has trouble producing its own melatonin consistently.
This condition is characterized by excessive and unfounded worry, fear, or dread. If you have anxiety, you have trouble finding a moment of peace in your own mind. In severe cases of anxiety, there are even physical symptoms, including:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Excessive sweating
- Inability to regulate body temperature.
DPS's calming abilities don't stop at mental symptoms of anxiety. The physical sensation of Deep Pressure Stimulation acts somewhat like a hug, which has been proven to reduce the physical symptoms of the disorder.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder refers to brain development, which impacts how a person socializes and communicates with others. It affects people at every life stage, and sufferers are at risk of anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. The DPS of a weighted blanket can help manage the physical issues associated with autism. It's also worth mentioning that, in some cases, a person with autism has a hard time accepting physical touch, in which case, weighted blanket is a good option to receive the benefit of physical affection.
ADHD (in children)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common condition, impacting at least 5% of kids, characterized by a child's inability to keep still and focused. If your child suffers from ADHD, a weighted blanket is a useful tool to manage the inability to sleep, anxiety, and physical twitches associated with the disorder. DPS's effect on the central nervous system helps soothe your child's jittery-ness by regulating blood pressure and helping calm their mind.
This refers to long-term pain associated with a medical condition or injury. It's an awful condition to endure and impacts 50 million U.S. adults, but DPS has been shown to help manage symptoms at night. This isn't just because of the increased production of serotonin and melatonin, but also due to the increased blood flow throughout the body provided by the blanket's natural compression.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, once referred to as "shell shock" because of how common it was among combat troops, results in anxiety, night terrors, and insomnia. The combined power of serotonin and melatonin fight against these symptoms, making a weighted blanket a useful tool in managing symptoms of PTSD. However, long-term care, such as therapy and medication, is necessary to resolve the disorder.
Other benefits of using a weighted blanket
Even those who don't suffer from a medical condition can benefit from a weighted blanket. Here are a few ways they can help:
Better Quality Sleep
Your sleep cycle will thank you! As you sleep, your body goes through different periods, and each is important to ensure a good sleep quality. With a weighted blanket, the serotonin gets you to sleep fast. The slow dispersion of melatonin keeps you asleep longer. This leads to a host of benefits, such as improved memory, cognitive function, and a better mood.
You Sleep Longer
It's all about the melatonin! Your body's improved ability to produce this chemical consistently reduces the number of times you wake up at night, improving your overall sleep quality.
Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker
Serotonin, one of the first chemicals produced through DPS, ensures you fall asleep fast. (Of course, you'll always fall asleep fast under your super comfy Snuggle Pro weighted blanket!)
The constant compression of a weighted blanket helps keep tension out of your body. It's described as having a similar stress-relieving property to a personal massager. Still, a weighted blanket is a more useful tool for all-around comfort and stress relief.
Cotton weighted blanket—great for all seasons
Cotton is a light, breathable fabric that helps regulate your body's temperature. This way, you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Organic, breathable cotton blankets are even better!
Organic cotton is a sustainable, environmentally friendly option for premium comfort. Even better, this type of cotton is hypoallergenic, machine washable, and so, so, soft! Snuggle Pro has taken this even further with their 100% Oeko-Tex certified hypoallergenic materials!
Premium Cooling Weighted Blanket and Duvet For Toddlers & Kids
Whether your kids have trouble sleeping or not, this is an excellent investment toward their comfort and well-being. Here are a few reasons you'll love it:
- It's machine washable (But let it air-dry!)
- Removable/reversible sides. Bamboo for a comfortable, cool sleep; silky Minky to keep your kids warm on a winter night.
- The Bamboo Duvet is a stylish, paneled design for even compression; the Minky blanket is a dotted design for ultimate comfort!
Premium Heavy Cooling Weighted Blanket For Teens, Adults & Couples
This is the sleep you've been waiting for your whole life. If you struggle with any conditions that keep you up at night, or you simply have trouble falling asleep, here are a few reasons you'll love yours:
- The practical paneled design goes great with any bedroom decor.
- Filled with premium glass beads for consistent compression!
- The breathable, all-season design keeps it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Additional things to look for in a weighted blanket
If you're in the market for a weighted blanket, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Size and Weight
The blanket should fit your body and your bed. (Snuggle Pro's sizing guide makes finding your perfect size easy!) This ensures your blanket adds the proper amount of pressure and spends more time on your body than on the floor.
Fillings are super important! Try to keep this in mind:
- Poly plastic pellets tend to be bigger, meaning the blankets are generally thicker and don't always apply pressure evenly. If this is your filler, make sure you find a premium brand.
- Steel balls can be a little loud, though they're smaller than poly plastic pellets and provide more even compression.
- Organic materials are a thing! Some weighted blankets are filled with rice, beans, or even sand. These tend to have many of the problems associated with the other fillers above, but generally are a little cheaper to purchase.
- Glass beads, particularly the premium ones used by Snuggle Pro, provide even DPS and are dense enough not to shift in the night, allowing you to get the rest you deserve.
This is important. If you put the wrong blanket in your washing machine, you could end up with a ruined blanket, a broken washer, or both. Size is important here. Some of the larger blankets for adults need a commercial washer because of their considerable weight. Some aren't machine washable at all, depending on fabric and filler type. All of Snuggle Pro's products are machine washable, and some even have a removable cover. That makes it so easy!
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