A Weighted Blanket for Proper Sleeping Temperature Control
Weighted blankets are stuffed with either glass beads or plastic balls that make them heavy. The idea of using a weighted blanket may sound a bit off, but they’re all over the place now for promoting sleep and even calming fears. So is pinning yourself down under a heavy blanket that weighs as much as a tiny toddler aid you in sleeping better at night? Can this blanket help reduce your stress level? Here’s what experts have to say.
So, will a weighted blanket help keep you snug in bed during the night? Well, the blanket is supposed to keep you from lying on the floor, but it doesn’t necessarily do that because it’s heavy, right? So, you’re probably better off getting a heavy-bed cover, like a sleeping bag, for those nights when you’re cranky and you don’t want to roll around on the floor.
It may sound counterproductive, but if you think about it closely, you’ll see that it’s a good thing that you get a weighted blanket instead of a heavy, inflatable bed sheet. First, using a heavy sheet can create an anxiety-based response as your mind attempts to figure out how much weight you must lose and how long it will take to get back to your average weight. Second, a well-designed and well-fitted weighted blanket can be a welcome relief, keeping you warm and satisfied at night while helping you maintain proper posture as well as proper breathing throughout the day.
Many physical problems are associated with sleep disorders, including asthma, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and depression. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, obesity is the most significant single cause of death among children and adolescents. One reason for this is that many people with sleep disorders are often obese. A study published in the journal sleep found that a representative sample of adults with sleep disorders was overweight or obese. In addition, those in the highest quintile of body mass index were found to have the highest incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition associated with many serious health issues, such as coronary disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Associations reported that among adults, those who are overweight or obese were more likely to experience significant complications from depression and anxiety. A weight loss program was significantly associated with lower stress levels and lower depression among adults. A weight loss program focused on one of the leading causes of nighttime insomnia (complaints that you cannot get to sleep) might help you improve symptoms of sleep disorders. A weighted blanket or other weight options may be used to eliminate or reduce nighttime discomfort due to sleep disorders.
There are many reasons why you should consider heavy covers for anxiety or any other weight-loss sleep product. These blankets keep body temperature optimal, keeping you comfortable and allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy. Weighted blankets also support the natural process of losing bodyweight. When you lose body weight, you lose inches from your height, and your body weight automatically drops by several pounds.
The blanket should have a temperature control feature that allows you to precisely set the specific temperature your body needs to promote healthy sleep. Choose a weighted blanket that uses a microprocessor to monitor your body temperature. It will prevent the blanket from using excessive heat, which will increase the temperature of the night and cause uncomfortable sleeping conditions. In addition, choose a cotton napper or down alternative if you prefer to keep warm during the night.