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We love weighted blankets. They can work wonders for those dealing with anxiety or stress and can even help those who are just struggling to sleep at night. But we’ve got to admit, they also make some of us a sweaty mess.
Well, it seems our prayers have been answered at last. Weighted blankets with cooling technology now exist, which means a good night’s sleep — without the sweaty aftermath — could be in your very near future.
Why Use Weighted Blankets?
The reason a blanket that weighs 3 to 20 pounds can be so soothing is that it creates Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation (DTPS), which provides an effect similar to that of getting a massage. DTPS, according to a study on Temple Grandin’s website, consists of a “type of surface pressure … exerted in most types of firm touching, holding, stroking, petting of animals or swaddling.”
Activating pressure points on your body helps to relax your nervous system. In other words, it could be your key to the relaxation you’ve been needing!
In an article from Collective Evolution, occupational therapist Karen Moore says in psychiatric care, “weighted blankets are one of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious, upset, and possibly on the verge of losing control.”
But if the thought of lying under a weighted blanket and sweating all night long stresses you out even more, they’re clearly not doing you any good.
The Best Weighted Blankets To Keep You Cool
You can rest easy, however, because some new weighted blankets come with moisture-wicking and breathable fabric designed to keep you from getting too hot.
For instance, the brand Weighting Comforts has a Coolmax Weighted Blanket is made for all seasons. The product description says the blanket will “keep the wearer cool and dry on hot days, while the fiber structures provide warmth on colder days.”
Amazon also has some cooling weighted blanket options available, such as the BlanQuil Chill, which ranges in price from $169 to $299, depending on the blanket color and weight.
The 20-pound Chill Cooling Weighted Blanket in White Frost, for example, is going for $299 and offers “cool to the touch” fabric.
Meanwhile, this 15-pound taupe version sells for $169.
Based on the Amazon reviews, people seem pleased with the product, especially those concerned about feeling too hot at night.
“The blanket was also surprisingly breathable,” one customer wrote. “I did not wake up in the middle of the night, which I normally do, in a pool of sweat (gross).”
“Way better than I expected,” wrote another. “The most surprising thing is that it doesn’t make me hot.”
Another person recommended removing the machine washable cover as another great way to ensure a cool night’s sleep. The cover slips on and off, as illustrated in the instructions below:
“The cover can be taken off for washing,” they wrote. “I removed mine just because it’s summer here and the cover is so plush it makes me too hot. I fall asleep quickly with this blanket and stay asleep all night.”
So for all those sweaty sleepers who toss and turn all night, one of these blankets could be your ticket to a great night’s sleep. Sweet dreams!
Additional reporting by Simplemost staff.