Menopause is a natural consequence of aging among women, yet for years it has been a taboo subject (although research into its effects is now becoming more and more common).
Menopause typically affects women in the United States between the ages of 45 and 55. The adverse effects on the lifestyles of these women should not be underestimated – nor the need for treatments that can alleviate common symptoms such as sleeplessness and hot flashes leading to night sweats.
Gauging the prevalence of these issues can be problematic. But research by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has indicated that around 6,000 women in the United States will enter menopause each day, that’s two million per year. And the population suffering from symptoms such as hot flashes and accompanying night sweats is growing.
There are currently around 46 million women in the U.S. over the age of 55 – and for many of these, a natural remedy for the nighttime conditions associated with menopause is a pressing need.
Fortunately, anecdotal evidence on the effectiveness of both cooling and weighted blankets in easing these symptoms is common – and it is increasingly backed by medical research.
So, keep reading to learn more – or – give your eyes a rest and let our system read it to you!
Weighted Blankets Vs. Cooling Blankets for Menopause Symptoms
To understand which type of blanket would serve you best, it is first necessary to understand a little more about both weighted and cooling blankets.
How Weighted Blankets Help
Weighted blankets increase the feeling of security and promote calm while falling asleep and the sleeping hours themselves. The pressure on the body is provided by adding the weight of glass beads, plastic pellets, or natural organic products.
Some may feature additional fabric layers to increase both comfort and weight. Why these blankets alleviate night sweats is not adequately understood.
How Cooling Blankets Help
Cooling blankets allow for temperature regulation by using various materials that absorb heat. The fabric then releases that heat slowly during the night. Cotton, polyester, silk, and linen are all popular fabrics for cooling blankets.
Bamboo fabric is also extremely popular with those looking for a soft organic alternative to traditional materials. There are also many variations of cooling blankets that use electrical power to ensure an even level of cooling throughout the night.
If you are in the market for either weighted blankets or cooling blankets for hot flashes, these are some of the best products currently on the market.
Cooling Blankets for Menopause and Hot Flashes
This unusual blanket features Japanese cooling fibers on the outside and 100% cotton on the inside.
No matter which side of the blanket you have against your skin, you can count on the blanket to keep your skin feeling nice and cool. The fibers in the blanket can absorb and wick away body heat so that you won’t become overheated during the night.
The blanket is designed to release body heat, keeping your skin from feeling hot and inflamed. It’s also incredibly soft so that it won’t irritate your skin.
Elegear did send me one of these blankets to try for myself, and I am extremely happy with it. So happy with it, in fact, that it has stayed on my bed since. I tend to be a hot sleeper, and other blankets seem to wake me up in a damp pool of sweat.
I haven’t had that problem while using the Elegear product!
It’s available in many styles, colors, and popular sizes too. So, you’ll have no problem matching your home’s decor (if that’s a concern).
And it’s even machine washable, so keeping it clean won’t be an issue either!
This is one of the best-value electric cooling blankets that are currently available. It is manufactured using a polycotton blend and is available in various sizes, including single, twin XL, Queen, and King. It consists of the blanket itself, a series of silicone hydronic tubes, and a cooling unit filled with water.
The simple, three-button remote control (with an auto-dim display) can assist the sleeper in maintaining a temperature between 55 and 115 °F. It also has an ‘auto-shutdown’ feature activated when the cooling unit runs dry.
All components are machine washable (obviously excluding the remote control).
Cotton has built a well-deserved reputation for providing a cool night’s sleep – and the Bedsure product offers excellent value for money while taking advantage of the cooling properties of this natural, lightweight, and breathable fiber (which is ideal for those who suffer from skin allergies).
The blanket is available in several sizes, including Twin/Twin XL, Full/Queen, and King/Cal King.
It’s also available in 10 different color choices, making it suitable for use with a wide variety of bedding for menopause and hot flashes. As a bonus, cotton is also great for keeping warm on cooler evenings – so this blankets ticks all the right boxes for versatility.
Design Weave Temperature Regulating Blanket
Another product that is perfect for those who suffer from allergies, this Design Weave product uses 50% ‘Outlast’ (a high-tech product that NASA scientists originally designed) material that has been designed to regulate temperature. The other 50% of the material is polyester.
This combination excels in absorbing the body’s heat and then slowly releasing it back during the night.
The tightly knit material is not only hypoallergenic but also prevents dust mites from taking up residence in its fibers.
For those looking to invest in a glass-bead weighted blanket that offers a satin-like experience combined with superior breathability, this weighted blanket checks all the right boxes.
Zonli uses a proprietary stitching method in their blankets that prevents glass beads from wandering between compartments, so you get a consistent, reliable experience every time you use it.
It is an even more attractive option because it comes in 24 color options and 22 size and weight options with weight choices ranging from 5 lbs to 25 lbs! So, you are guaranteed to find your preferred weight and style in the color you prefer!
The natural fabric cover also wicks away moisture to make the sleep experience even more comfortable, regardless of the selected weight.
Luna Adult Weighted Blanket
Another product that takes full advantage of cotton’s naturally soothing, cooling properties, the Luna Weighted Blanket features glass beads cleverly woven into the blanket’s fibers. This means no rustling noise to interrupt a good night’s sleep or weight distribution problems during the night.
With a 95% four and five-star rating on Amazon, this blanket lives up to the manufacturer’s promise of a great night’s sleep, free from overheating.
Made from high-quality Egyptian cotton, this blanket also features glass beads sewn into the grids that make up the blanket’s pattern. The manufacturer maintains that it has been specifically designed for those who experience problems falling asleep and maintaining an untroubled sleep schedule.
It also provides exceptional value, given the high-quality material used in its manufacture. It is an excellent choice for people looking for a weighted blanket that keeps them cool.
Gravity Cooling Blanket: The Weighted Blanket for Sleep
Launched after a successful 2017 Kickstarter campaign, this cooling blanket is the best bet for someone who wants to explore just why it has become one of the best-selling blankets in this category. It’s the perfect cross-over product, featuring gridded stitching with glass beads.
The latest version features a duvet cover that is exceptionally breathable and efficient at maintaining even heat during the course of the night – even for those suffering from hot flashes. It’s also available in three colors: Grey, Navy, or White.
For the growing number of women who are suffering a disturbed night’s sleep due to the impact of menopause on their lives, a cooling or weighted blanket (or a product that combines the two) can mean the difference between waking in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to face a new day – or achy, tired and out of sorts.
With more and more women becoming aware of the natural sleep solutions available to get that valuable night’s rest free from hot flashes, purchasing one of these blankets can prove a life-changing decision.