Electric Cooling Blanket: Sleep Better
Even in the winter when I have blankets on to stay warm, there are times I wake up too hot and need to cool down. I hate sweating when I sleep, so I’ve learned over the years to stick my feet out from the covers to get my body temperature just right. Obviously, this doesn’t allow for too many comfortable sleeping positions; that was until I got myself an electronic cooling blanket, and life has been so much better.
I used to travel a lot for business and hated hotel beds. I could never get adjusted to the heat of the room or the thickness of the blankets. My boyfriend would always tell me just to kick the blankets off, but that didn’t work either as I prefer the comfort of having covers on my body as I sleep.
I’ll admit, I’m a picky sleeper that needs the temperature to be just right, but as it turns out, I’m not the only one.
Temperature is easily one of the most significant obstacles to getting quality sleep. Studies have found that the optimal temperature for the best quality sleep is colder than you may think, around 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15-20°C). Temperatures that fall too far below or above this range can lead to restlessness. Temperatures in this ideal sleeping range help facilitate the decrease in core body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness. Getting into that perfect sleeping temperature zone can be difficult due to warmer climates, the heating of your home or simply laying next to someone who naturally sleeps hot and warms the bed.
There is a wide range of sleeping products that market themselves as solutions for staying cool in bed. I started with a Cooling Pillow, which actually worked pretty good at first, but as I mentioned, do a lot of traveling and packing a pillow is a waste of space in your luggage.
My goal was to find a quality electric cooling blanket that would keep my whole body at the right temperature. I quickly realized, though, you get what you paid for. I tried a few affordable cooler blankets before overpaying for a portable air conditioner. The air conditioner wasn’t worth the money and my partner didn’t like freezing every night. He asked me to return it and continue to search for a blanket that would keep me cold, not the entire room.
The following are four different options for staying cool when sleeping. Some are electric cooling blankets; others are cooling pads.
YnM Cooling Weighted Blanket
Size: 48”x72′ | Weight: 15 lbs
After I wrote this article earlier this year, a friend of mine reached out to me on social media about this blanket. The YnM Cooling Weighted Blanket wasn’t apart of my original article, but it should have been.
As I mentioned in the intro, I don’t kick all the blankets off when I’m sleeping because I like the feeling of the weight of the blankets on my body. Turns out that’s not an uncommon thing. Weighted blankets are a very popular new sleeping item these days, and a cooling blanket that also has weight is fantastic.
How does it work
The YnM cooling blanket features breathable SMART fabric and moisture wicking management for year round comfort enabling hot sleepers to stay drier and cooler. The cold to the touch bamboo fabric and glass beads feature high specific heat capacity which will keep you cool through the night.
I think the approach to this blanket was different than all the other options listed in this article. Where most cooling blankets have the goal to keep you cool, I’d say the goal of the VnM Blanket is to keep you at an ideal temperature, so you don’t get hot. I know that sounds like the same thing, but it isn’t. If you can remain in the perfect temperature zone than you remain asleep, undisturbed, and fully rested. Imagine a good night’s sleep where you spent the whole night at the ideal perfect temperature. You would probably never wake up hot or cold and spend more time sleeping. The quality of your sleep would improve, thereby you would need less of it.
It sounds funny, but to this day I still remember staying at this five-star hotel in Chicago. It was just a random trip, but we decided to upgrade our room for something special. I don’t remember thinking the room was all that nice, but I never slept better than I did that weekend. I remember waking up early and feeling completely rested. I always thought that the bed or mattress must have been the reason, but now that I think about it, it was the fact I that didn’t overheat when sleeping.