Is it logical to use a heavy blanket during the Summer? Considering the risk of sweat and other annoying bodily functions — it would be smarter not to. However, the kind of blankets that we’re going to be talking about today are a little different. They’re called weighted blankets, we’ll explain more about what makes them special later, but first!
There are business who claim that these blankets are made of a special material that are heavy, but not hot. Further testimonies are available to further prove this fact. However, are these testimonies to be believed? Also, what exactly are these weighted blankets made of? Continue reading to find out.
Myth Breaking - Is it all Fabric?
It’s easy to assume things based on the item’s name. After all, the term weighted blanket doesn't necessarily inspire a product that will keep you away from heat. In fact, all the term does is call upon an image of thick blanket, one that’s as heavy as a rug and tightly knitted to provide maximum protection from the cold. That's what I think anyway. I think of rolling around on the carpet as a kid, and feeling the stiff fabric against my back. So, don't worry!
It’s a logical assumption, but as you might have already guessed — it’s incorrect one. Don’t get me wrong. Weighted blankets are in fact heavy. Which makes people instinctively think, that it’s made out of a lot of hot fabric. Fortunately, that is the furthest thing from the truth. Rather than fabric, weight is added to these blankets by another type of material.
What are weighted blankets made out of?
Now, that we’ve got that square away, let’s talk more about the specifics. We’ll start with the materials involved. As mentioned, these aren’t just your regular heavily knitted blankets. There’s also a lot more to them than just being heavier than your average sheets. These are made to be 100% non-toxic and are built with natural materials that are soft and soothing to the touch.
Some weighted blankets may use cotton as their main fabric. Others might use a material called minky fabric. Either way, people who make weighted blankets prefer fabrics that are extra plush, and thicker than your regular fabric. Note, that thicker doesn't necessarily mean heavier. The fabric is for added comfort — not to apply weight. For the most part, the fabrics used in weighted blankets are chosen specifically because they are lightweight. This ensures that the product is able to mold around body to provide the maximum coziness.
Most weighted blankets are made to weigh around 5 to 25 pounds. The weight of these blankets comes from a natural material called poly pellets or glass beads. These can conform to life-like forms and are the perfect weight for applying pressure. Let’s break this down further.
When it comes to making sure that your body stays warm — but not overly hot, then natural fibers are the way to go. The Bed Baths and Beyonds blog compared the merits of cotton blankets to their “...synthetic counterparts,” and concluded that natural fibers are better at keeping your body from overheating. Cotton is also made to be perfectly soft against the skin, which allows you to stay completely cozy — even if you have the most sensitive of skin.
MINKY FABRIC (100% POLYESTER)
Another widely used fabric for weighted blankets is the minky fabric. Minky is a good alternative to cotton, if you're looking for a weighted blanket for a child or toddler. These are often described as “soft and cuddly,” which makes them perfect for children who have sensitive skin. Note, when it comes to choosing fabrics for a warmer climate, cotton is still better. The Minky fabric is made out of 100% polyester. That makes it a synthetic fabric that could potentially be too hot for climates where there are harsh summer nights. However, the lightweight material is breathable enough that it shouldn’t be too overwhelming for most climates.
Poly pellets are used for its ability to conform to the body of its user. These get stuffed in individualized squares inside of weighted blankets and will rest comfortably against your skin — providing a comforting weight that is much like that of a hug. These allow deep touch stimulation, which serves as a natural treatment to depression, anxiety, stress, etc.
How to tell the difference between a regular blanket and a weighted blanket!
Be warned! There are a lot of “heavy” blankets out there, so make sure that what you’re getting is the real deal. Don’t just get any blanket that looks heavy either. The thing that makes weighted blankets special is not the fabric that it comes in, but the ability for it to apply pressure to certain receptors inside of your skin. These receptors will activate a chemical reaction that will flood your body with neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
These chemicals will not only keep you happy, but it will make sure that you feel cozy and safe. This is not a reaction that you can get from just any regular blanket! You have to find one that conforms to your body shape so that the pressure can be applied appropriately. Getting the right type of weighted blanket will also ensure that you don’t run the risk of overheating.
Regular heavy blankets will be hot and stuffy. Some of them will be stiff as a board — much like that of a throw rug or a carpet, definitely not ideal for someone looking to survive the Summer nights. Weighted blankets, on the other hand, are made out of lightweight fabric that is soft and pliable. It will be form against your body naturally and offer you the comfort that you need without any extra discomfort.
CONCLUSION - Are weighted blankets too hot for the Summer?
If we take all that was mentioned here into consideration, then no. Weighted blankets are not too hot for the Summer! Quite the contrary in fact, these are more likely to keep you warm and cozy — you'll be sleeping like a baby in no time! So long as you choose the right kind, you won't have to worry about feeling too hot.