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Weighted Blankets Are So Hot Right Now (And Breathable)!



SLEEP SCIENCE

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Are you a bed sweater? Do you buy new sheets every few months because you sweat the bed so much it stains? Or do you kick off the covers in a heated rage? Quite often, running hot leads to restless nights. So, it’s fair to wonder whether a weighted blanket might make you even hotter. Spoiler alert! The right ones won’t.

There’s no denying that this a real concern among people exploring purchasing a weighted blanket. There are also extraneous variables to consider as well. Do you live in a warmer climate? Is it summertime? Is the heat in the house cranked up? According to sleep.org, the suggested bedroom temperature for optimal sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Sounds a bit chilly, no? This brings us to the next variable: personal preference. Some people run hot, Others, not so much.


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The one thing that will make any weighted blanket user considerably hotter are artificial filling materials. That’s why what’s inside or how one is made really really matters. That’s why you need to do your homework and choose a weighted blanket that’s naturally breathable. The concept sounds counterintuitive, but they’re out there. However, before we get to that, let’s talk about what to stay away from.

Weighted blankets are filled with a variety of items to manufacture weight, but typically it’s created using fillers like plastic pellets, and to a lesser extent glass beads. Most fillers will make you hot depending on how they’re utilized and what other materials they’re paired with. For instance, a blanket that’s padded with plastic poly pellets is often stuffed with polyester or some other type of synthetic padding. This fails to provide sufficient airflow, which will have you baking in bed or scorching on the couch. They’re also prone to move around and clump up, creating “hot spots” on your body. Imagine all the weight of your blanket resting on your left leg or right shoulder. Not too pleasant sound, eh? It’s certainly a recipe for restless sleep and frustration as you attempt to manually distribute the weight evenly. What a nightmare.

Weighted blankets can also be made from a variety of fabrics, including fleece, flannel, minky material, cotton and linen. Thicker materials like fleece or flannel create added warmth, which hot sleepers definitely don’t want. The fibers are unnatural and don’t breathe well, meaning they tend to trap body heat. Nobody wants to wake up with a blanket stuck to their back like a cape. Not a good look. Not a good feeling.

The Bearaby Napper doesn’t use fillers, so that’s one less thing you have to worry about. It’s also made with layer upon layer of chunky-soft fabric. In other words, it’s all-natural and extremely breathable. The weight of The Napper gently and evenly melts across your body. You know what that means. No “hot spots”. Only a cool, calm slumber.


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Choose your blanket’s weight and size carefully to ensure it fits your mold. This means no poaching your partner’s blanket, unless you happen to be the same size. But still, just get your own why don’t ya! Too much weight can create a sweltering sleep experience, while not enough weight may hinder the blanket’s amazing abilities. Generally, you should choose a weighted blanket that’s about 10 percent of your body weight.

Simply put, you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a weighted blanket anywhere and all year round. It all comes down to choosing the right one. If you have questions, our nap/sleep enthusiasts will be happy to help answer them. Rest cool, calm and embrace weighted slumber!


Bearassentials

• Most weighted blankets are filled with a variety of items to manufacture weight—the most common being plastic pellets, which not only tend to make people hot, but are obviously bad for the environment too.


• Bearaby Nappers are made with layer upon layer of chunky-soft fabric and nothing else. That means absolutely, positively no fillers, and therefore no waste!


• You can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a weighted blanket anywhere and all year round. It all comes down to finding a breathable one with no fillers, like the Bearaby Napper, for instance. Just sayin’...

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Did you know?
Thomas Blanket (Blanquette)—a Flemish weaver who lived in Bristol, England, in the 14th century—pioneered a heavily napped woolen weave made from Blanket fabric.



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