November 05, 2020
The Ideal Weighted Blanket for Hot Sleepers
Are weighted blankets hot? Learn how our Bearaby weighted blankets keep hot sleepers cool all night long.
When it comes to sleep, many of us share a common enemy: high body heat. The restlessness that comes from feeling too sweaty to get any real rest at night makes it hard to get through the day. But don’t sweat it; we’re here to help!
Do weighted blankets make you hot?
If you’re a sleeper who runs on the sweaty side, you may be wondering if a weighted blanket is right for you – won’t all that extra weight make you even hotter? The short answer is: it depends on which blanket you buy.
If you go for a heavy blanket that’s made of plastic fillers, synthetic linings, and non-breathable materials (lookin’ at you, polyester fleece!), you may be sweating through the sheets well before you drift off into dreamland. But if you buy a weighted blanket made of breathable and all-natural fabrics that provides airflow through its loops and weaves, you’ll be feeling cool and comfortable all night long.
How to choose a weighted blanket for hot sleepers
If you’re a hot sleeper, keep these three things in mind if you’re looking for a weighted blanket that’s cool but still cozy.
1. No fake fillers, please!
The truth is, most weighted blankets are made heavy with plastic pellets, beads, or artificial fillings: they take a polyester shell and fill it full of other synthetic materials. When a blanket is made heavy with things like poly pellets or beads, they can shift around in the night (a noisy sleeping experience if we’ve ever heard one!) and bunch up in various areas of the blanket. This causes extra heat from the spot where they’ve all come to rest.
If all of the weight shifts and comes to rest on your upper body, for example, you may end up getting hotter more quickly, compared to if the weight was evenly distributed. Not to mention, poly pellets are made of polypropylene plastic — probably one of the worst offenders when it comes to trapping heat. Not to mention the effect they have on our environment. When these weighted blankets reach their worn-out point, they end up in landfills, unable to fully decompose.
Our Bearaby weighted blankets use zero fillers, and there are no artificial or synthetic materials in sight. The weight of our filler-free Nappers comes from our patented weighted yarn.
Here at Bearaby, we’re always saying no to plastic. We believe a plastic-free production line is a must as we tackle some of our planet’s most pressing climate challenges. Our packaging and products are 100% plastic-free.
2. Breathable and breezy is the way to be
The fabric in your weighted anxiety blanket plays a key role in how cool you feel throughout the night (or nap). Think about a breezy cotton sheet versus a fleece blanket; they have very different warming abilities!
Our most cooling weighted blanket is the Tree Napper. It’s made from a silky-smooth tree fabric called Tencel.
Tencel is sourced from sustainable eucalyptus forests and produced in a closed-loop process. Trees are ground into a pulp that is then spun and dried. This pulp is then woven into fibers. Not only is the result super sustainable (the process uses ten times less water than traditional methods), it’s an ultra-breathable fabric that you’ll want to stay under forever (sweat-free!).
And, don’t go thinking that a biodegradable fabric made out of trees will be scratchy and rough – our tree fabric is soothingly soft and sleek, even for those with the most sensitive skin. Not only that but the smooth fibers of the tree fabric wick moisture, which means your body can regulate its temperature better all night long.
Hot sleepers, rejoice: the Tree Napper is your best bet for cooler, sweeter sleep.
Your next best choice is our knitted weighted blanket made entirely of organic cotton. While the Cotton Napper will be a teensy bit warmer than the Tree Napper – our cooling weighted blanket for summer – our Cotton Napper is ideal for all seasons.
3. Up The Airflow Ability
You’ll also want to look for a weighted blanket that provides some natural airflow. The big, hand-knit loops and weaves of our Nappers are not only there to look good on your living room couch or draped over your bed; they serve an important purpose! The open-loop design allows air to circulate in and around your body, keeping you cool yet cozy.
Other blankets are densely lined, which may keep you extra warm, but are probably too toasty if you’re a hot sleeper. Although our weighted blankets seem heavy (obviously!), the yarn and loops’ innovative design cocoons your whole body, evenly distributing the weight because there are no pockets of beads, just fabric! This means that air can flow through the weaves while you catch a cooling snooze all night long – making it the perfect weighted blanket for hot sleepers.
How to use a weighted blanket if you’re a hot sleeper
If you tend to sleep on the sweaty side, use one of our breathable weighted blankets without adding any other bedding between your body and the blanket. In the winter months, cover up under a cotton sheet with your knitted Napper on top for a little extra coziness.
Remember: Bearaby weighted blankets are bed- and naptime companions! And because our blankets look just as good as they feel, your new naptime-buddy will seamlessly double-up as cool couch decor.
Cool Tips For Hot Sleepers
If you’re chronically sweaty while you sleep, you may want to also pick up some extra cooling tips.
- Take a look at your nighttime attire. Ditch the fuzzy socks and flannel pajamas in favor of bare feet and breathable PJs made of cotton, bamboo, or Tencel-based fabrics.
- Try an organic bamboo Lyocell sheet that will keep your backside cool while you sleep. However, if you’re super-heated, you may even want to invest in something like a cooling mattress pad that maintains a lower temperature beneficial for restful sleep. The combo of coolness underneath you and a cozy, cooling weighted blanket on top will lead to your best night’s sleep in ages.
- Limit things that may increase your sweating, like spicy foods at dinnertime or alcohol before bed.
- Your room temperature should be set slightly cooler than you’d think for a perfect night’s sleep. Most sources recommend keeping the thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (brr!) for better sleep quality.
• Sleeping under a 15 or 20 lb weighted blanket doesn’t have to mean a sweaty night’s sleep! Look for blankets without plastic fillers or synthetic fabrics because both can trap heat while you sleep.
• The Tree Napper, our award-winning cooling weighted blanket, is made of eucalyptus wood pulp (that’s crafted into a tree-fabric called Tencel) and is super breathable and soft.
• Still sweating? Try upgrading your pajamas and sheets, don’t eat spicy food before bed, and crank the thermostat down to about 65 degrees.
Did you know?
Severe night sweating actually has a medical term, hyperhidrosis. If none of these tips help your sweaty sleep, give your doctor a call for some extra help.