How To Choose A Weighted Blanket For Hot Sleepers
If you easily overheat while you sleep, there's no better choice than natural, 100% cotton for your weighted blanket. Cotton is a breathable fabric that works with your body to regulate your temperature as you sleep, reducing the amount you sweat and helping you to sleep better.
What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is a blanket filled with various filler materials including rice, steel balls, or poly plastic pellets to add extra weight while you sleep. (But Snuggle Pro uses glass beads as filler for temperature regulation and consistent pressure application!) These are comfort devices used to treat a host of issues in children an adults, including physical, mental, and developmental conditions.
How does it work?
Weighted blankets work through deep pressure stimulation (DPS). DPS refers to pressure put on the central nervous system that replicates swaddling, a hug, or being cradled. As a result, this provides a sense of comfort that helps relax the body and brain, relieving anxiety.
What medical conditions do weighted blankets help?
The benefits of weighted blankets and their anxiety-relieving properties help relax those with certain learning and behavioral disorders, mental impairments, and physical disabilities, such as:
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome is the physical twitch that results in the compulsion to move the legs, often negatively impacting sleep. DPS has been known to stimulate the nervous system and improve blood flow throughout the body, which helps soothe the sensation to move the legs and allows for a better night's sleep.
Insomnia refers to the difficulty to get to sleep and stay asleep. Weighted blankets have been known to help in some cases of insomnia in children. DPS calms the central nervous system and the brain, while simultaneously providing a womb-like sleeping environment that makes it easier to stay asleep.
Physical compression, such as hugging, has been proven to help symptoms of anxiety. A weighted blanket provides a similar sensation and helps reduce racing thoughts, hyperventilation, and the inability to sit still.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a birth defect that causes significant developmental impairment. Often times, children and adults with autism don't like to be touched. The weighted blanket provides frequent, consistent, and reliable compression stimulation to those on the autism spectrum for whom external comfort isn't always an option.
ADHD (in children)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that impacts a child's ability to concentrate. Children with ADHD often experience hyperactivity and an inability to focus on the task ahead, such as school. By stimulating the nervous system, a weighted blanket can help the child find temporary relief and quiet the mind
Chronic pain refers to any issue of the body resulting in long-lasting, often debilitating pain. As with RLS, a weighted blanket helps stimulate nerve endings and provides for more adequate blood flow, which can help those who suffer from chronic pain find relief. Additionally, the boost in serotonin production will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Other benefits of using a weighted blanket
Are you always tired by mid-afternoon? Do you wake up a lot during the night? While weighted blankets help with a variety of physical and mental conditions, it can also help with those everyday issues and improve your day-to-day life.
Better Quality Sleep
The DPS is one thing, but weighted blankets are known to simulate a womb-like sleep environment. This helps you sleep deeper, longer, and better. And when you sleep better, you wake more refreshed and ready to take on your day!
You Sleep Longer
The ideal sleep environment provided by a weighted blanket keeps you wrapped a cocoon of compression comfort! As a result, you sleep longer, allowing maximum time for optimum deep and REM sleep.
Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker
Tired of tossing and turning? These types of blankets are beneficial to helping your child find comfort faster. As a result, they'll fall asleep quicker.
DPS also helps stimulate your body's natural production of serotonin. Not only does this help you sleep, but it's a crucial part in your ability to relax before bed.
Stay cool—Choose the right fabrics for your weighted blanket
Cotton, polyester, and other smooth, consistent fabrics are typically recommended to regulate body temperature. And, if you're a hot sleeper, there are some types you should absolutely avoid, namely flannel and fleece. But there are a few "cool" fabrics that make the ideal weighted blanket for hot sleepers.
Cotton is a great choice of fabric if you're worried about overheating under your weighted blanket! 100% cotton is a light, breathable, and cool fabric that circulates airflow and keeps you comfortable even in warm weather! But, beware of synthetic cottons. These imposters are blended to cut manufacturing costs, and the fabrics used remove most of the benefit of cotton. Though the blankets may be visually appealing, you'll find that they're actually pretty warm. Snuggle Pro's products are made with organic, premium thread count cotton providing maximum comfort and breathability.
Fun fact: bamboo fibers actually monitor and assist in the regulation of your body temperature. For example, if you begin to get too hot, bamboo actually encourages your body to begin evaporating its sweat, beginning the process of cooling you down before you even wake up.
Opt for glass beads as your weighted blanket's filler
Glass beads are excellent for cool sleep and body temperature regulation. Glass beads stay cool throughout the night by providing even, gentle pressure. Additionally, this type of filler is less reactive to your body's temperature, and allows the air flow within the room to keep you from overheating.
Tips for hot sleepers when using your weighted blanket
Although Snuggle Pro offers blankets with premium cooling materials that are suitable year-round, there are additional things you can do to ensure you stay cool while using your weighted blanket.
1. Crank Down The AC
You're probably trying to save a few bucks and bring down your environmental footprint. But turning your air conditioner down just a few degrees goes a long way to helping your weighted blanket regulate your body temperature and keeping you from overheating in your sleep.
2. Use Only Your Weighted Blanket
Don't add an extra blanket on top of your weighted blanket, even in the winter! Your Snuggle Pro blanket is constructed to ensure you stay the perfect temperature year-round!
3. Take A Shower Before Bed
This helps get the grime off your skin and keep you from sweating too much (it's the sweat, not the heat that makes you toasty)! Adding a shower to your nightly ritual is a step in the right direction toward ensuring a healthy quality of sleep and making sure you don't overheat underneath your weighted blanket.
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