How To Use A Weighted Blanket In The Summer
Weighted blankets may be heavier. But that doesn't necessarily mean they make you hotter during the summer. You can stay cool regardless of the temperature outside if you get the right weighted blanket made from the right materials. Cotton cover material and glass bead filling help keep you comfortable so that you sleep soundly.
What is a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets are heavy blankets that evenly apply pressure across your body. They generally weigh between 5 and 30 pounds, and a variety of materials can be used in their construction.
Cotton, fleece, and flannel are common materials for the cover. Cotton is the preferred material mainly due to how breathable it is. But the extra weight comes from the filler, which can include glass beads, steel shots, or plastic pellets. Snuggle Pro incorporates glass beads into its construction due to how noiseless and smooth they are (plus, they stay cool)!
How does it work?
Weighted blankets do more than just keep you cozy at night. They're a crucial part of a form of therapy known as Deep Pressure Stimulation. With this technique, the person receives consistent pressure for hours at a time.
It's like getting hugged all night long. And through that pressure, your brain releases neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. This is a chemical that helps maintain your mood. An influx of serotonin makes you feel happy. And when you're content, you can rest easier.
As a result, many doctors recommend weighted blankets for people with various health conditions, including anxiety.
What medical conditions do weighted blankets help?
It's a good idea to talk with your doctor to see if a weighted blanket is right for you. In addition to medications and other treatments, a weighted blanket can provide fast relief for the following conditions:
Depression is a mental health disorder. People with this condition tend to have a consistent depressed mood and minimal interest in once-loved activities.
Weighted blankets help immensely with depression due to the release of serotonin. However, DPS also helps the brain release a chemical known as oxytocin. This is another substance that makes your mind experience feelings of happiness and love. It helps you banish unpleasant thoughts, so you fall asleep faster.
People with insomnia have difficulty going asleep and staying that way all night. They may wake up prematurely and then feel cranky the next day.
Another hormone weighted blankets help release is melatonin. This chemical is responsible for maintaining your sleep cycle. When night comes, your brain should know it's time for rest. However, people with insomnia have an imbalance of this hormone and have trouble sleeping soundly.
If you consistently have trouble sleeping, then a weighted blanket can help. Serotonin is the body's precursor to producing melatonin. When you have more of both chemicals, you have an easier time staying asleep.
Anxiety disorders go far beyond routine stress. It's natural to feel anxious due to money or relationship problems. But some people feel stressed out in situations where they should be calm. This is often a symptom of an anxiety disorder.
As such, individuals may have a harder time going to sleep. They may lie in bed for hours, but the central nervous system works overtime.
The addition of serotonin and dopamine can help your body relax. Deep Pressure Stimulation eases tense muscles and decreases your heart rate. It lets your body know it can relax, so you can finally catch some Z's.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a severe developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to interact with others and communicate. It does this by impacting the body's nervous system. Symptoms vary wildly with 1 in every 54 children being diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum.
Anxiety is just one symptom of the disorder. That's why many professionals recommend weighted blankets for children and adults alike with autism. DPS helps release serotonin and dopamine to help the wearer relax.
ADHD (in children)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder generally develops during childhood. But it can continue well into adulthood. It can lead to trouble at school and work, problems maintaining relationships, and low self-esteem.
While talk therapy and medication may be necessary, weighted blankets can help a great deal. ADHD results in an overactive nervous system. The extra weight from a heavy blanket helps decrease blood pressure and heart rate, resulting in more productive rest.
Chronic pain affects millions of Americans. From back pain to headaches, the pain can be severe enough to keep sufferers up for hours. What's even worse is that chronic pain can lead to depression and anxiety.
To feel better, you need good, restorative sleep. Being well-rested means your body is better capable of dealing with the pain. A weighted blanket can put you to sleep effortlessly. Just make sure you get the right weight to your blanket so that it doesn't make your discomfort worse.
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects numerous people from veterans to survivors of intense trauma. Events from years ago can affect people significantly. PTSD often manifests in panic attacks, negative thoughts, and inability to sleep.
When you have a panic attack, your heart rate and blood pressure rise significantly. However, serotonin and dopamine help keep those levels in check. Talk to your doctor about other treatments, but weighted blankets can do a lot of good.
Other benefits of using a weighted blanket
Even if you don't have any chronic health problems, weighted blankets can still do you a lot of good. Anyone can enjoy the following advantages.
Better Quality Sleep
Melatonin is a vital hormone. But some people don't have enough of it due to various health problems, such as diabetes and cancer.
Your brain can release more through Deep Pressure Stimulation. It eases those anxious, restless feelings and replaces them with calmness. With more melatonin, you go to sleep faster and stay that way for 7 to 8 hours.
You Sleep Longer
Tossing and turning all night can keep you up. But if you have a weighted blanket, then pressure is applied to your legs, arms, and other body parts that may feel like moving. That pressure forces your muscles to relax. As such, you don't move around as much because you're more aware of any movements.
Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker
When you're alone with your thoughts, you can stay up for hours. Problems at school, work, or home can fill you with anxiety. Your body becomes calmer through the release of melatonin. This helps you fall asleep within minutes rather than hours.
Serotonin and dopamine are critical for feeling calm. But it's hard to get that way when you're so stressed out. Your brain may be having a hard time releasing those neurotransmitters due to outside factors. Luckily, a weighted blanket lets you know your body is safe, so it can release more of those "happy" hormones.
Stay cool—Choose the right fabrics for your weighted blanket
You need to get calmer. That may seem difficult in the summer when you may not feel like having a blanket over you when the temperature outside is hot enough to cook an egg. However, with the right fabric and filler, you can keep the blanket over you without sweating all night long.
Cotton is the material of choice for many brands, including Snuggle Pro. It's a breathable material that's soft to the touch. And Snuggle Pro only uses the finest 100 percent Oeko-Tex certified organic hypoallergenic cotton.
Not only does it feel great, but it's also machine-washable. You only need to wash it 4 times annually. When the time comes to clean it, just throw it in your washing machine on a gentle setting with cold water.
Snuggle Pro also offers a great bamboo duvet cover. This material is also breathable and comfortable to have over you all year. It's also a naturally renewable material!
In the summer, you can interchange the duvet cover to the bamboo side. This material keeps you cool. And Snuggle Pro's bedding comes with a Minky plush material on the opposite side. This material keeps your body warm in the winter, so you're set no matter what the temperature is outside!
Opt for glass beads as your weighted blanket's filler
A lot of weighted blanket fillers are out there. But if you live somewhere that tends to get hot in the summer, you want to opt for glass beads. This filler is naturally cool, so it doesn't heat up as much.
This is why Snuggle Pro only uses non-toxic glass beads in its blankets. Plastic pellets and steel shots tend to retain heat much more intensely. Additionally, sand and lower-quality materials are not safe to put in the washing machine. Glass beads give you everything you need.
3 tips for using your weighted blanket in the summer
A Snuggle Pro weighted blanket with premium cooling materials keeps you comfortable all year. However, there are other steps you can take to stay cool. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. And a few simple steps can really take the edge off at night.
1. Crank Down The AC
Generally, you want your AC to be set at 75 degrees Fahrenheit at night. That cold air keeps you nice and cozy. It also gives you a reason to wear your blanket at night. Plus, at 75 degrees, you're not using a ton more energy, which is great for your July electric bill.
2. Use Only Your Weighted Blanket
A weighted blanket doesn't really keep you hotter. However, if you use it in tandem with a bunch of other sheets, blankets, and comforters, then you may feel toasty at night. Anyone who finds themselves getting warm at night should only use a weighted blanket. That way you enjoy the benefits without overheating.
3. Take A Shower Before Bed
Even if you shower in the morning, it's still a good idea to take another one in the evening. Use cold water to cool your body down. Taking a shower is a great way to relieve anxiety and stress, so you go to bed refreshed. You cool yourself down before covering yourself with the weighted blanket. This gives your body a multi-pronged approach to handling any stress you're feeling.
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