Heated blankets have become a very popular bedtime accessory to help you stay warm and cozy on a cold night. If you’re considering buying a heated blanket, make sure you’re up to date on all the pros and cons of using one before making the investment.
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Pros of a Heated Blanket
1. Saves Energy
One of the benefits of having a heated blanket is that they are energy-efficient. They can provide you warmth without having to turn up the thermostat, especially during the winter.
They may not heat the entire room, but they do use enough energy to make you stay warm at night. You can save a bit more money by buying higher-quality blankets that are thicker. These blankets are faster to heat up and can stay warm long after being turned off.
Along with that, many come with an auto-off feature so you don’t have to worry about the blanket overheating after you fall asleep or running all night long.
2. Improves Your Mood
Sleeping with a heated blanket can boost your mood because warmth naturally calms your body and mind.
Your body uses a lot of energy to stay warm and, as a result, you may feel stressed or anxious on cold nights. Heated blankets help lower the amount of energy the body needs to keep a consistent temperature.
3. Relieves Pain
A known remedy for aches and pains is to apply heat. The heat produced from a heated blanket can help lower tightness in the muscles and reduce cramps.
While heated blankets are not made to ease major pains, they can promote blood flow in the body which can help with some minor aches, pains, or cramps.
4. Provide Better Sleep
Another reason why you should have a heated blanket is that it can create a better quality of sleep. Changes in temperature can interrupt your sleep, make you sick, and cause you to toss and turn all night.
You can also be pulled from a deep sleep which leads to headaches, grogginess, and fatigue. A heated blanket keeps the temperature consistent, so your sleep cycle will not be disrupted.
Cons of a Heated Blanket
1. Fire Risk
Just like any electrical appliance, heated blankets can be a fire hazard. Leaving them on for an extended time can increase the chances of something happening.
Fortunately, newer blankets often have an automatic shut-off mechanism to prevent them from overheating. But you should be cautious because older blankets may not have this feature. So make sure you do not accidentally leave a heated blanket turned on when you are not using it or when you fall asleep.
2. Not Washable
People sleep in their beds for about six to eight hours every night. The bedding will need to get washed once every one to two weeks.
One of the downsides to a heated blanket is that they are not washable. The wiring may cause an issue if placed in water or a cycle through the wash could render the blanket useless.
You can get a removable cover to put over the blanket to avoid this problem, that way you can wash the cover separately from the internal wiring.
3. Not Always Pet-Friendly
Many pets will love to snuggle up with the warmth of a heated blanket and using one can actually help relax agitated or excited animals, but you should be aware that heated blankets do pose some risk to your furry friends if they decide to claw, scratch, or chew on the blanket while it’s on.
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