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How to Use a Weighted Blanket in Summer: Stay Cool and Comforted


Ah, the joys of summer! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and there's the sweet scent of blossoms in the air. But as the temperatures rise, you may find yourself wondering if it's time to stow away your weighted blanket. Wait a minute—before you do, we're here to tell you how you can continue enjoying your beloved blanket throughout the warmer months. In fact, with its unique features, a weighted blanket can be your best companion even in the heat of summer!

The Magic of Weighted Blankets: A Quick Overview

For those new to the idea, weighted blankets are designed with a certain weight in mind, usually ranging between 5kg to 11kg. This weight is evenly distributed across the blanket, and the gentle pressure it exerts on the user mimics the feeling of being hugged. This Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin, helping reduce anxiety and improve sleep.

Features of Weighted Blankets

  1. Deep Touch Pressure (DTP): This is the science behind weighted blankets. DTP provides an even pressure across your body, stimulating the production of serotonin (the happiness hormone) and melatonin (the sleep hormone) while reducing cortisol (the stress hormone).
  2. Various Weights: Weighted blankets come in various weights to cater to individual preferences and body weights. A general rule of thumb is to choose a blanket that’s roughly 10% of your body weight.
  3. Materials: Weighted blankets are filled with materials like plastic pellets, glass beads, or even natural grains. The exterior can be made from a range of fabrics, from cotton to minky and more.
  4. Glass Beads: Many weighted blankets use fine glass beads as their weight source. These beads are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and have a unique property we’ll touch on shortly — they can help you stay cool!

The Cool Factor: Glass Beads

One of the most prominent features of many weighted blankets is the filling used to provide the weight – glass beads. These tiny, round beads are not only denser and more compact than plastic pellets but also have thermoregulating properties. Here's how they can keep you cool:

  1. Thermal Conductivity: Glass beads are good conductors of heat. They pull heat away from your body, helping to regulate your body temperature. This ensures you stay cool, even in warmer conditions.
  2. Even Weight Distribution: Due to their compact nature, glass beads provide an even weight distribution across the blanket. This uniform pressure helps in enhancing comfort without making you feel too warm.

Tips to Use a Weighted Blanket in Summer

1. Layer Smartly: If you usually sleep with multiple layers, consider using only the weighted blanket. Its comforting pressure will suffice, and you won't feel too bundled up.

2. Half-Blanket Technique: Instead of covering your whole body, you can drape the blanket over half of your body or only your legs. This way, you still enjoy the comforting pressure without feeling too warm.

3. Keep Hydrated: As with any summer night, staying hydrated can help your body regulate its temperature better. Drink a glass of water before bed to stay refreshed.

4. Room Temperature: Ensure your bedroom is at a comfortable temperature. Using fans or air conditioning can create a cooling effect, making it ideal for using a weighted blanket.

Baxter Blue's weighted blanket isn't just limited to the colder months. With their unique features and the cooling properties of glass beads, they can be the perfect summer night companion. Embrace the gentle embrace of your weighted blanket, stay cool, and drift into a peaceful slumber!


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