Weighted Blanket Too Hot

Scott Gurfein
Updated: 17, September, 2020

Do Weighted Blankets Sleep Too Hot?

A lot of people worry their weighted blankets are going to be too hot in the summer. While they may be heavier, it's a common misconception that they sleep hotter. The materials used matter. Glass beads and cotton seem to be the best weighted blanket materials to help you stay comfortable year round.

What is a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are essentially extra heavy blankets. They usually weigh between 5 and 30 pounds. Much of that weight comes from the fillers inside the blanket.
There are several fillers in the marketplace. Some blankets are filled with steel beads or plastic pellets. Snuggle Pro uses premium glass beads, which are smooth to the touch and noiseless. And while weighted blankets can be made out of silk, flannel, or fleece, cotton is the preferred material by many users. This is what Snuggle Pro uses, and the blanket stays breathable all year round.

How does it work?

The extra weight provided by these blankets helps with Deep Pressure Stimulation. This therapy involves a person receiving consistent pressure. The blanket basically "hugs" you, which releases valuable neurotransmitters.
One of these is serotonin. This material modulates mood and makes you feel happy. The pressure offered by a weighted blanket, which is like getting hugged for hours at a time, releases serotonin and other hormones to help you relax and go to sleep.

What medical conditions do weighted blankets help?

Weighted blankets are highly recommended for anyone who has trouble going to sleep at night. Certain medical conditions can make going to sleep a real hassle. Fortunately, weighted blankets are here to help.


Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States. It's typically accompanied by negative thoughts, which can make a person engage in unsafe behaviors.
People with depression can benefit greatly from weighted blankets. The therapeutic pressure makes the brain release serotonin as well as oxytocin, which promotes pro-social behaviors. Using a weighted blanket is just one lifestyle change to help you wake up rested and feel better.


Insomnia, which signals an inability to sleep, is a common sleeping disorder. Millions of people suffer from it. And it leads to people waking up and going to work feeling groggy.
Deep Pressure Stimulation helps your body release melatonin. This hormone maintains your sleep-wake cycle. An imbalance of melatonin can make it difficult to fall asleep. Instead of staying awake for hours, a weighted blanket can keep you relaxed for a full 8 hours.


Everyone experiences stress to some degree. But some people have anxiety disorders, which means they feel stressed out in situations that don't call for it.
Weighted blankets help your body release serotonin and dopamine. The latter hormone helps you feel pleasure and relaxes the central nervous system.
Many people with anxiety have a hard time sleeping because they just feel so stressed out. Their bodies can't relax. But weighted blankets force the body to calm down, so you can rest.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research indicates that 2.2 percent of adults in the United States have some kind of autism spectrum disorder. This is a condition that impairs a person's ability to communicate and connect with others. One symptom is anxiety.
Occupational therapists often recommend weighted blankets for individuals on the autism spectrum. They help immensely with anxiety and sleep issues people with autism may experience thanks to the release of serotonin and dopamine.

ADHD (in children)

Over 6 million kids from the ages of 4 to 17 suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Common symptoms include inattention and impulsiveness. And due to this hyperactivity, many kids have problems going to sleep because they can't get calm.
Through the release of serotonin, the central nervous system relaxes. Studies have also shown how weighted blankets can help lower people's blood pressure and heart rate. All this helps children attain a better sense of well-being.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can keep sufferers up for hours. Pain levels can make it impossible to get restful sleep. And poor sleep can worsen depression, anxiety, and pain intensity.
Weighted blankets can help those people improve their quality of sleep. The blanket helps decrease anxiety, reduce stress, and loosen tense muscles. Once you can get restorative sleep, the body is better capable of managing pain.


Post-traumatic stress disorder affects between 11 and 30 percent of veterans. People who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from panic attacks, lack of sleep, and negative thoughts from PTSD.
Weighted blankets help sufferers by allowing them to rest more peacefully at night. Lack of sleep can exacerbate other symptoms. DPS also helps lower heart rate and blood pressure to help manage any anxiety.

Other benefits of using a weighted blanket

Weighted blankets are great for people who have certain medical conditions. But you don't need one to enjoy all of the benefits associated with these items.

Better Quality Sleep

Failure to get a good night's rest can make you feel fatigued the next day. Even if you think you slept just fine, there's the question of whether it was truly restorative sleep. This is what you get when you remain asleep for hours at a time.
Through the Deep Pressure Stimulation of a weighted blanket, you stay asleep much more easily. Serotonin helps you relax, so you fall asleep faster and feel more rested the next day.

You Sleep Longer

A weighted blanket makes you more cognizant of your movements. Your muscles relax, so you're less likely to fidget and wake yourself up in the middle of the night.
This is also a major benefit for your sleeping partner. Some people toss, turn, and kick their legs unknowingly. This wakes up your partner, which results in him or her waking up fatigued, too. A weighted blanket keeps you in place all night.

Helps You Fall Asleep Quicker

Relationship problems and financial worries can leave you wide awake at night. A great thing you can do to help with that anxiety is to get a good night's rest.
Weighted blankets help your body release melatonin, which allows you to go to sleep faster. It keeps you comfortable through the sensation of being "hugged." This allows you to doze off and wake up ready to take on the day.

Alleviates Stress

You already have enough stress in your life. And then not being able to sleep is just another source of anxiety.
Luckily, weighted blankets promote the release of serotonin and dopamine. These two brain chemicals produce a calming effect in the body, which combat stress and anxiety.

Stay cool—Choose the right fabrics for your weighted blanket

To get the best results out of your weighted blanket, you want to make sure it's made out of the best materials. That includes knowing what cover material and filler your blanket contains. The right materials keep you comfortable regardless of temperature. And these are the best ones out there.


Cotton is an outstanding cover material. It's incredibly breathable, which keeps you cool in the summer and comfortable in the winter. This is why Snuggle Pro only uses 100 percent Oeko-Tex certified organic hypoallergenic cotton in its blankets.
Cotton is soft to the touch and machine-washable. You only need to clean your weighted blanket about 4 times a year. And you can throw it in the washing machine when that time comes.


Bamboo is another great cover material that stays cool. It's also breathable, durable, and comfortable all year round. Even better? Bamboo is a naturally renewable source!
Snuggle Pro has an exceptional bamboo duvet cover that's bamboo on one side and Minky plush on the other. In the summer, the bamboo side keeps you cool. And in the winter, you can switch to the Minky side to warm your body.

Opt for glass beads as your weighted blanket's filler

Weighted blankets are heavier due to the inclusion of a filler. While several options exist, your best bet is to get one with premium non-toxic glass beads.
This material provides smooth, even distribution across your body. No one area of your body receives all the weight, which helps you stay cool. This is why Snuggle Pro uses glass beads in its weighted blankets.
Other fillers, like plastic pellets and steel beads, are also available. Plastic has the potential of melting in extreme heat. And steel retains heat too much. You should avoid these fillers at all costs.

Additional things to consider when choosing a weighted blanket

Cover material and filler are just two factors when shopping for a weighted blanket. There are a lot of different options out there, and you want to make sure you pick the right one for your body.

1. Weight and Size

Your weighted blanket should be 10 percent of your body weight. So if you weigh 150 pounds, then your weighted blanket should be 15 pounds.
You also need to make sure it's the right size for your bed. Weighted blankets come in various sizes from twin to king. If both you and your partner can benefit from a weighted blanket, then get one large enough that covers you both.
Individual Weight
Combined Weight (Couples)
Blanket Weight
Blanket Size
48"x72" Twin
60"x80" Queen
*Weighted blankets are not recommended for children under the age of 2. Even if they weigh at least 30 pounds, it's just not safe.

2. Machine Washable

You should wash your weighted blanket 4 times annually. However, not all materials are safe to go in a washing machine.
For example, wool tends to shrink in the wash. Plastic pellets can melt when put in hot water.
Fortunately, cotton and glass beads are 100 percent machine-washable. You just need to put it on a gentle cycle in cold water. All of Snuggle Pro's blankets are safe for machine-use. Some of them even have a removable cover.
However, you also need to consider the weight of your blanket. Generally, blankets over 20 pounds are not safe for most household washing machines. You need to take it to a laundromat and clean it in a commercial-sized washer.

3. Can Be Used Year-Round

It doesn't make sense to have two blankets: one for summer and one for winter. Instead, your weighted blanket should have year-round usage. That's what Snuggle Pro believes.
Cotton is a breathable fabric that's suitable all year. And Snuggle Pro also offers a removable duvet cover that comes with a warm Minky side and cooling bamboo side. You can flip it as necessary to stay comfortable no matter the weather.

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