Between the shorter days, cold weather and mounting holiday stress, the fall and winter can be a challenging time for sleep. The good news is that there are many natural products that can help us get more snooze when the temperatures start to dip. Case in point? Weighted blankets. Research suggests that deep pressure therapy — the soothing mechanism behind weighted blankets — can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the "rest and digest" division of the autonomic nervous system that allows the body to enter a state of relaxation.
Many people find that snuggling up to a weighted blanket can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. But with winter on the way, you may be wondering, “Do weighted blankets keep you warm?” In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what factors can make or break the warmth of your weighted blanket and how to choose the right weighted blanket for your needs.
Do Weighted Blankets Keep You Warm?
The short answer is yes, weighted blankets can definitely help keep you warm in the winter. However, the true warmth of your weighted blanket primarily comes down to three things: filler material, fabric and construction.
Filler materials can have a big impact on the warmth of your weighted blanket. The most common filler materials for weighted blankets are poly plastic pellets and glass beads.
Plastic is known for being an excellent insulator, which means that it's highly effective at retaining heat. However, many weighted blanket manufacturers are starting to move away from plastic poly pellets due to their noisiness, uneven texture and negative impact on the environment.
Glass beads are the top choice for weighted blankets, owing to the fact that they’re quiet, luxurious and kinder to the environment. They’re also ideal for cooling weighted blankets because they tend to retain less heat.
Some weighted blankets come without fillers and rely on naturally heavy fabrics to apply soothing pressure. Depending on how the blanket is constructed, these blankets can be a great choice for winter as well.
Another important factor determining the warmth of a weighted blanket is the fabric of the insert or the duvet cover. Cold weather fabrics such as minky fleece, wool and microfiber are highly effective at trapping body heat, making them a good choice for winter.
If you’re a cold sleeper, you can’t go wrong with a flannel blanket. The raised fibers in flannel are known to trap body heat, helping you stay warm and toasty all night long. Our super-soft flannel duvet cover fits like a dream over our best-selling Gravity Weighted Blanket and promises to keep you cozy on the chilliest of nights.
Finally, don’t forget to consider the overall design of your weighted blanket. For instance, open-knit weighted blankets typically allow more airflow, making them a poor choice for cold weather. If you want your weighted blanket to keep you warm in the fall and winter, be sure to look for a blanket with a tighter weave. Tighter weaves tend to offer better heat retention because cold air can’t penetrate through the blanket.
What if I’m a Hot Sleeper?
If you're a hot sleeper, you may worry that adding an extra layer — and a heavy one at that — will cause you to overheat. So, is this concern valid?
As we stated earlier, it all depends on the type of weighted blanket you choose. Some weighted blankets retain body heat, while others allow for more airflow.
Here at Gravity Blankets, we offer a wide variety of premium weighted blankets and duvet covers to help you get the best sleep of your life. For hot sleepers, we strongly recommend choosing a cooling weighted blanket. Our Gravity Cooling Blanket features moisture-wicking fabrics and fine-grade glass beads to help keep you cool and sweat-free.
If you consider yourself neither a hot nor a cold sleeper, consider choosing a cotton weighted blanket. Lightweight cotton is an ideal fabric for sleep because it’s breathable yet warm.
But of course, you’ll also want to keep the weave in mind. The tighter the cotton weave, the better heat retention you should have.
Sleep Soundly in Cold Weather with Gravity Blankets
To sum things up, we can't make a blanket statement about the heat-retaining properties of weighted blankets (no pun intended). In fact, there are several factors that can determine the warmth of your blanket, including the filler material, fabric and overall design.
If you're looking for a high-quality weighted blanket to suit your sleep needs, Gravity Blankets is here for you. Browse our collection of premium weighted blankets and duvet covers today and start getting the snooze you deserve!