Each year, new products and technologies are launched, all designed to help you get the best night’s sleep possible. Like with many industries, trends emerge. Some potential sleep accessories are flashes in the pan, while others become can’t-live-without solutions. One product that’s seen a rise in popularity is the weighted blanket. We’re true believers—to the point that we’re now launching our own version of one.
Why have weighted blankets become the latest must-have sleep accessory? Because there are a number of benefits they can provide. Today we’ll start by discussing those benefits, and then dig into how our chiliBLANKET is unique.
What Are the Benefits of a Weighted Blanket?
Obviously, each sleeper has their own specific needs, which means different products provide different levels of success. If you’re a cold sleeper, a weighted blanket can certainly keep you warmer. However, according to sleep.org, a weighted blanket can offer three distinct benefits:
An Increase in Serotonin: A weighted blanket can simulate 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.
A Decrease in Anxiety: That same deep touch pressure described above also has the power to decrease activity in your nervous system and slow a racing mind, ultimately helping you lower your anxiety levels at bedtime (especially when combined with meditation).
A 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, a weighted blanket has the potential to keep you still for longer periods, which encourages a deeper night’s sleep.
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.
What Makes the chiliBLANKET Unique?
At Chili, we’ve designed a weighted blanket that can also serve as a cooling blanket. While we’ve run down the benefits of weighted blankets, there is one drawback to them: they can sleep hot. We wanted to take into account “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 sweaty during the night.
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 deep sleep—and helping people improve their deep sleep is what we’re passionate about.
In other words, the chiliBLANKET is versatile: it’s a weighted blanket, a heated blanket, a cooling blanket, an anxiety blanket—really, whatever kind of blanket you need it to be. For the heating and cooling effect, the chiliBLANKET can be used in conjunction with either our chiliPAD™ or OOLER® sleep systems. We also love them because they’re safer than electric blankets.
What Are the Features and Benefits of the chiliBLANKET?
If we wanted to distill what separates our chiliBLANKET from other weighted blankets, we’d simply say it’s the weighted blanket that won’t make you sweat. However, here are a few more details on its specific features and benefits:
- Our hydro-powered, temperature-controlled 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 the chiliBLANKET is 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 and machine-washable outer cover
- Stitched fabric offers strength and durability through repeated use and washing
We’ve worked behind the scenes on this new product for quite some time, so we’re excited to finally launch what has the potential to be another high-quality, sleep-inducing solution to our customers.
Struggling to Sleep? Try a Weighted Blanket
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’s. Again, there are so many potential benefits: a feeling of security, anxiety reduction, improved mood, lower heart rate, and all the other advantages that come from the combination of having a weighted blanket that can also keep you cool. 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.
Want to learn more about the chiliBLANKET, our latest sleep solution? Then visit our new product pages for additional details. The chiliBLANKET is available as a blanket only or as a set with a chiliPAD control unit.