Not all blankets are created equal. With sleep being such an important part of life, it’s no surprise that blankets are being created to help ensure you the best sleep possible. Here are 3 different types of specialty blankets, and why they might help you sleep better:
1. Weighted Blankets -- A weighted blanket is exactly what the name suggests -- it's a heavy blanket, usually weighing 15 pounds or more. So, what are the benefits of using a weighted blanket?
- Using a weighted blanket feels similar to getting a big hug. Hugs have stress-reducing effects, which can help ease your mind and help you sleep.
- It can boost your mood. The deep touch pressure stimulation of the weighted blanket boosts the production of serotonin, and also reduces stress levels.
- Can help manage symptoms of autism and those with sensory disorders. The firm, gentle pressure can be comforting and give the right amount of touch and stimulation they need.
2. Cooling Blankets – Temperature-regulated bedding might be just what you need if you naturally sleep hot, are going through menopause, have a partner who doesn’t agree on the perfect temperature, or if you live somewhere that is warm year-round. Cooling blankets can help you avoid overheating and help you avoid those night sweats. Cooling blankets work throughout the night to regulate your body temperature. The idea is the fabric absorbs heat when you’re hot, and releases it back to you when your body temperature drops.
3. Heated Blankets -- About a quarter of people who buy electric blankets say they do so for therapeutic purposes. Heated blankets can help with:
- Arthritis and fibromyalgia -- heat helps to increase blood flow and reduce pain in those with arthritis.
- Muscle soreness and aches (including back pain). Heat is often used to reduce pain from muscle soreness and aches. Electric blankets provide constant heat at varying temperatures which increase your blood flow, resulting in less muscle aches and pains for you.
- Flexibility and range of motion
- Better sleeping in a cool room. Research has shown that sleeping in a cooler room results in better sleep. When you have an electric heating blanket, you can turn the thermostat down, resulting in energy savings and better sleep for you.
- Sinus issues. Since you can lower the temperature in your room when using an electric blanket, your sinuses will be less dry. Heated indoor air dries out your sinuses.
- Couples who can't agree on the perfect temperature in bed.
There are many benefits from using specialty blankets. Using a weighted, cooling, or heated blanket might be just what you need to get a good night's sleep.