Your dream of the snuggly comfort of a blanket in the ridiculously hot summer can now come true. It is specifically designed for people who get really hot or sweat a lot in their sleep.
Everyone takes sleep very seriously these days. Be it a memory-foam mattress, custom pillows, high-thread-count pillow covers, there is a slew of bedding products that keep getting upgrades. The most recent trend that has been doing the rounds is weighted blankets.
But weighted blankets are also pretty hot. But, thankfully, BlanQuil has introduced a new cooling blanket which is perfect for those folks who roast in their sleep. It is specifically designed for people who get really hot or sweat a lot in their sleep. The 'BlanQuil Chill' is a cooling weighted blanket is made with a special fabric that absorbs body heat and has moisture-wicking properties. The fabric is also designed to disperse body heat as per your body's requirement.
The cooling of the BlanQuil Chill begins the moment you snuggle under the blanket till about 15-20 minutes later, allowing you plenty of time to drift comfortably into sleep. After the initial minutes, the blanket begins to regulate your body temperature. But the cooling is usually so amazing that you would've already slept off before you even notice this change. The weighted beads are made of eco-friendly glass.
According to the website, the blanket comes in the 15 and 20 pound options and its cover is removable, machine washable, and dryer friendly. The product is sized at 48”x74” hence is for single person use. The review on Good Housekeeping says though the Chill isn't as heavy as a regular BlanQuil, it does give the same sense of security, anxiety reduction, calm, and coziness. The blanket also uses Deep Touch Stimulation like the regular variety to reduce anxiety and restlessness. However, the possible downside of the Chill is that the fabric is very silky. Therefore, it might slip off the bed once in a while, if you are exceptionally restless.
People have been raving about weighted blankets. According to Forbes, weighted blankets are "filled with small objects such as pellets, discs or beads of polypropylene plastic or glass, giving it an added weight that gently hugs the user." Adult weighted blankets typically range from around 10 to 30 pounds and are used to reduce anxiety and promote better sleep.
The blanket's soothing pressure reduces cortisol, the human body’s main stress hormone, and stimulates the production of serotonin, a hormone associated with feelings of happiness and well-being. The fact that pressure helps anxiety is concluded in a study by the Department of Occupational Therapy & Graduate Institute of Clinical Behavioral Science at Chang Gung University. The paper says that such pressure on the body "gives subjects the feelings of safety, relaxation and comfort". Another study concluded that the use of weighted blankets resulted in a majority of respondents reporting lower anxiety. Weighted blankets are often also used to alleviate symptoms and manage insomnia, chronic pain conditions or restless leg syndrome.
Forbes also adds that while choosing a weighted blanket, it should be roughly 10 percent of your body weight. For example, for someone who weighs 150 pounds, a 15-pound blanket would be best. But in case your ideal blanket weight falls in between the standard weights of blankets, it’s better to choose the heavier option.
All in all, weighted blankets seem like a good investment, cooling or otherwise. Here's to a good night's rest!