As you probably know by now, the products we sell here have one important thing in common: they are products I personally used (and then later designed) to help me get through a rough patch of insomnia I was experiencing many years ago.
Tara Youngblood: How A Sleep Recipe Changed My Life
While our temperature-regulating cooling sleep systems like the Cube and OOLER® represent our core offerings—and are key ingredients in any sleep “recipe”—there are other products I’m just as passionate about, and still use today.
One of those products is our 15lb weighted blanket. (Of course, it’ll come as no surprise that ours is a temperature-controlled blanket that can be used as a heated weighted blanket, too.) dramatically.
Weighted Blanket Benefits
These weighted blankets (also called throw blankets) offer a variety of benefits, which include evenly distributed weight that restricts your movement during the night. So if you’re someone who tosses and turns while you sleep, a weighted blanket has the potential to limit this dramatically. Additionally, our heavy blanket can be used as a cooling and heated weighted blanket. Depending on your preference, you can make it as cold or warm as you want it.
So that’s probably the most obvious weighted blanket benefit. Now let’s look at additional reasons why you need a temperature-regulating blanket, ranging from scientific reasons to ones that are all about convenience.
Help You Reduce Anxiety
This is by far the most important reason on this list. On its own, a weighted blanket can simulate the feeling of being cradled, which is also referred to as deep touch pressure. This has a nice side effect: it increases the release of serotonin, which is a calming neurotransmitter that plays a role in managing your sleep.
This deep touch pressure provides critical benefits at bedtime: it reduces activity in your nervous system and slows down a racing mind. When combined with pre-bedtime habits like meditation or journaling, this all works together to lower your anxiety and stress levels when your head hits the pillow. And, since our weighted blanket can also help regulate your core body temperature, you can also maximize the deep sleep and REM sleep you get on a nightly basis, too.
Not only can it help calm anxiety in adults, but studies have also suggested children with anxiety, ADHD, and ASD can benefit from using a weighted blanket.
An Increase in Serotonin
A weighted blanket can improve sleep quality by simulating the feeling of being held, which is also known as deep touch pressure. This can lead to an increase in the release of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter that plays a role in governing your sleep.
Reduction in Restlessness
Thanks to its evenly distributed weight, a weighted blanket’s calming embrace also inhibits movement during the night. If you consistently toss and turn while you sleep, or have restless leg syndrome, a weighted blanket has the potential to keep you still for longer periods, which encourages a deeper night’s sleep. With the help of the blanket, you can get the relaxing pressure without constrictions to the legs.
So for those who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep (or both), it might be worth your while to try a weighted blanket to see if you experience any of these benefits. Weighted blankets can also be used when you’re not sleeping; for example, they’re perfect for keeping warm while you’re watching TV on the couch.
Wake Up Refreshed
Sleeping under a 15lb weighted blanket can help promote sound sleep. For individuals who find it difficult to get a restful night's sleep, a weighted blanket can help. A recent study showed that using a weighted blanket prevented the participants from tossing and turning, which helped improve their overall quality of sleep. Feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Promotes Melatonin Production
What is melatonin? It's a hormone that helps promote sleep and regulate your circadian rhythm or sleep cycle. A weighted blanket can cause melatonin to be produced. If you are looking for a way to increase your melatonin and serotonin levels, a weighted blanket may help.
Reduces Restless Leg Syndrome
RLS (also referred to as restless leg syndrome) is a condition that can cause the uncontrollable urge to move your legs. It can interrupt your sleep, causing many to feel tired in the morning. Studies have found that participants with restless leg syndrome say that their symptoms are less when they apply something heavy pressing down on their legs while sleeping, which a weighted blanket can provide.
Build Your Own “Sleep Sandwich”
Our heating and cooling weighted blanket is unique in the sense that it also offers temperature regulation via hydronic (water-based) cooling, much like our cooling pads for the beds. This means you can raise or lower the temperature based on your personal preference, or to meet the demands of your ever-changing environment.
However, if you’re a full-on chili geek that already has one of our OOLERs or Cubes, then once you have the cooling weighted blanket you can create what I call the “sandwich.” This allows you to maximize the temperature potential, which we all know can help you optimize the amount of deep sleep and REM sleep you’re getting on a nightly basis. However, it can also offer a huge assist for sleep latency (i.e., the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep once the lights are turned off).
Take It Almost Anywhere With You
While the first two reasons are focused on improving sleep and comfort, a temperature-controlled weighted blanket is also far more portable than an entire sleep system. This means you can use it when you travel, which I’ve done multiple times over the past few weeks. That way you still have all the benefits of a weighted “anxiety blanket”—even if you don’t have the temperature-regulating features—when you’re on a road trip.
That portability translates to home, too: it’s easy to pull the chiliBLANKET from your bed to the couch, or even outside on the porch to use in your favorite rocking chair. Ultimately, the fact that it’s easily transported—whether a few feet or quite a few miles—is a huge benefit. I think it’s especially important for traveling since many of us struggle to sleep as well as we do when we’re away from home already, so having a “security blanket” can only help.
Pets Will Love It
This isn’t as important or as practical, but those of us who enjoy snuggling up on the couch with our furry friends will certainly appreciate this fourth reason. While your pets will certainly enjoy the warmth it provides, it’s possible they’ll appreciate the stress-reducing aspects, too. There are products that help pets through thunderstorms and other anxieties that utilize a similar concept.
What Makes Weighted Blanket Unique?
We’ve designed a weighted blanket that can also serve as a heating and cooling weighted blanket. While we’ve run down the benefits of heavy blankets, there is one drawback to them: they can sleep hot. We wanted to take into account of “hot sleepers” that would never attempt to use a weighted blanket for this reason, as well as those who would use one but then might become overheated and have night sweats.
Your body naturally wakes up when your core temperature rises, which disrupts your natural circadian rhythms. However, the cooling feature of chiliBLANKET provides you with the ability to regulate your core body temperature to encourage and improve deep sleep—and helping people improve their deep sleep is what we’re passionate about.
Weighted Blanket Features
- Our hydro-powered, weighted blanket leads to more restful, restorative sleep.
- Water circulates through a system of tubes inside the blanket for a luxurious sleep experience.
- The hydro-powered design also means it’s EMF-free
- The temperature can be adjusted to a preferred setting between 55° and 115°F (13–46°C) to promote deep sleep (*Peak performance is dependent on multiple factors such as ambient temperature, individual body mass and humidity and may not be suitable to replace conventional A/C.).
- Glass beads fill the blanket, which provides even weight distribution.
- Our blanket has a removable cover and machine-washable outer cover
- Stitched fabric offers strength and durability through repeated use and washing.
Struggling to Sleep?
If you’re struggling to sleep consistently and haven’t tried a weighted blanket yet, we’d recommend it, whether you choose ours or another brand.
Improving your sleep—which unfortunately gets harder as we age—is an ongoing effort, one that requires a mix of dedication and innovation. Our chiliBLANKET is just the latest tool we’re offering our customers to aid them in the always-evolving quest for a great night’s sleep.
Whether you use it as a cold blanket, a warming blanket, or a security blanket, I’m confident you’ll find a beneficial use whether you use ours or another brand. Many people are skeptical of the stress-reducing benefits, shrugging it off as pseudoscience, but all I can say is that using is believing.
 Ackerley R, Badre G, Olausson H (2015) Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia. J Sleep Med Disord 2(3): 1022.