As you probably know by now, the products we sell here at Chili 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. While our temperature-regulating sleep systems like the chiliPAD™ and OOLER® sleep systems 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 a weighted blanket. (Of course, it’ll come as no surprise that ours is a temperature-controlled blanket that keeps you cool, too.) These blankets offer a variety of benefits, which includes 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.
So that’s probably the most obvious benefit to a weighted blanket. Now let’s look at four other reasons why you need a temperature-controlled weighted blanket, ranging from scientific reasons to ones that are all about convenience.
Reason #1: They Can 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 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.
Reason #2: You Can Build Your Own “Sleep Sandwich”
Our weighted blanket, the chiliBLANKET, is unique in the sense that it also offers temperature regulation via hydronic (water-based) cooling, much like our sleep systems do. 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 chiliPADs, then once you have the chiliBLANKET you can create what I call the “sandwich.” This allows you to maximize the temperature-regulating 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).
Reason #3: You Can 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.
Reason #4: Your Pets Will Love It, Too
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.
Whether you use a chiliBLANKET as a weighted blanket, a cooling 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. So if you’re struggling to sleep well on a consistent basis, a temperature-regulating weighted blanket might be a potential solution—or part of a solution—that can change your sleep narrative.
Have you used a weighted blanket before? If so, we’d love to hear more about how it helped your sleep.