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Wrap Up For Better Sleep: The Blanket is the Key

 

It isn’t just babies that like to be swaddled for a good night’s sleep.  The proper blanket can make a difference in adult sleep too! Especially when you’re sleeping away from home, the right blanket can make the difference between a relaxing vacation or a sleepless night.

 

Temperature

Whether you’re looking for the right choice to help you snooze in the passenger seat or on an airplane, a blanket is important because it helps your body regulate its temperature. It’s natural for your temperature to drop during sleep, and hit its lowest point during the early morning hours. If you’re too hot, or if you choose a heavy blanket, your sleep can be interrupted because it prevents the natural temperature dip from occurring. Similarly, when you’re too cold, you can have a hard time falling asleep..

 

Choosing the Right Blanket

When you’re away from home, it’s much more difficult to get the perfect temperature for sleeping. That’s why your blanket is your best friend, just like it may have been when you were a child. Choose a fabric that’s just the right size to cover your body, in a washable and breathable fabric.  Throws in cashmere or chenille might be great for throwing on while you watch television in the living room, but they aren’t ideal for a travel buddy. Cotton is a great choice because it’s easy to clean and is usually free from allergens.

 

Breaking in Your Blanket

Make sure to break in your blanket, just like you would a new pair of shoes.  If your body begins to associate that blanket with sleep, it will create a conditioned response in your brain to help you fall asleep faster. So make sure to start sleeping with your new blanket for several weeks prior to your vacation to help build the needed association between the blanket and sleeping.

If you have the perfect blanket and you’re still losing sleep, it may be time to consider a new mattress. Check out our mattress finder to start shopping for the right one for you today!

 


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