How Innovations In Bedding Technology Are Helping People Sleep Better

Posted: Sep 10 2019, 9:30am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 11 2019, 6:15am CDT

 

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How Innovations in Bedding Technology are Helping People Sleep Better

How Breakthrough Blanket Technology is Helping People Sleep Better

It might be hard to believe that better sleep can be found in a blanket, but thousands of people are starting to confirm this idea.

There are several types of blankets designed to help you sleep better, and the most popular is the weighted blanket. Weighted blankets have been around for quite some time but became well-known when the Gravity Blanket was launched on Kickstarter.

What’s so great about weighted blankets?

Parents of children with sensory disorders have been using weighted blankets and clothing for more than a decade to soothe their child’s nervous system and help them sleep. The comfort of compression is the reason we swaddle newborns and put “thunder jackets” on our pets during Fourth of July fireworks.

Weighted blankets are promoted as a way to achieve better sleep by:

  • Reducing stress
  • Making you feel like you’re being held or embraced
  • Increasing calmness
  • Minimizing body movements, which allows for deep REM sleep

Although claims about treating sleep disorders, PTSD, ADHD, stress, and anxiety have yet to be validated by rigorous scientific testing, anecdotal stories from thousands of satisfied sleepers confirm the benefits. Anyone who has used a weighted blanket knows they don’t need to wait around for the FDA to confirm the benefits. You’ll know after one night.

One woman suffering from leg pain that interrupted her sleep told the Washington Post, “as soon as I tried it, I knew I would use it every night. Not only did I stop waking up in the middle of the night, but I fall asleep almost instantly.” She’s not an outlier. Her story is similar to thousands of other people who are getting a good night’s sleep perhaps for the first time in their life thanks to a weighted blanket.

Just be sure not to use weighted blankets with small children, babies, and pets due to the risk of suffocation.

Heated blankets are an oldie but a goodie

Heated blankets, also called electric blankets, have been around for decades. You plug your blanket into the wall and use a dial to turn it on or off and adjust the temperature.

While some people just want to keep warm in the winter, others use heated blankets for therapeutic purposes, which results in better sleep. For instance, many people use heated blankets to help with arthritis and fibromyalgia since heat increases blood flow and reduces some types of pain. Others use heated blankets to relieve muscle soreness. You can’t sleep when you’re in pain, so it makes sense to reduce pain with a heated blanket.

Cooling blankets are gaining popularity

Another type of blanket used to improve sleep is a cooling blanket. Science has confirmed we sleep better in a cool environment because humid heat exposure increases thermal load during sleep, which affects thermoregulation and critical sleep stages. Sleeping in a cooler space allows you to fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply.

For some people, it’s enough to open a window or turn on a fan at night. Others who live in hot, humid climates aren’t so lucky. Many people rely on central air conditioning to stay cool even in the fall. Running central A/C all night gets expensive, so it makes more sense to use a cooling blanket to put directly on your body.

Cooling blankets vary in technology, but they generally use materials that manage heat and moisture to regulate body temperature throughout the night. Body heat gets absorbed and when your body temperature drops, the heat is released back to your body.

There are also cooling sheets, pillows, and mattress pads. If it’s really hot, you might need the whole set.

Don’t want to sleep with a blanket? No problem!

Sometimes it’s just too hot to sleep with any kind of blanket; even the weight of a cool blanket can be too much. That’s okay because in the last few years, several companies have come out with alternative cooling devices.

There’s the Bed Jet and “The Pod” that gently blow warm or cold air under your sheets to maintain your desired temperature. The Chilipad and Ooler pad are mattress pads that circulate water through soft medical grade silicone microtubes to keep you cool all night long. Then there’s Moona – a smart device that will keep your pillow cool all night long.

With all these cooling devices on the market, you no longer have to suffer trying to sleep in the heat.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/68" rel="author">Larry Alton</a>
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