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Do Weighted Blankets Make You Hot?

Do Weighted Blankets Make You Hot?

If you are suffering from poor sleep, possibly caused by anxiety, a weighted therapy (aka, gravity) blanket can help you sleep at night. Research shows that this type of deep pressure is effective in relaxing the body.

But the idea of a weighted blanket for summer may be a concern. Are weighted blankets hot? Do weighted blankets make you hot? These are common questions, often from women,  especially those who live in a warm climate.

Others may wonder how the heavy blankets work in hot weather of the summer months. After all, you won’t want to wake up in a sweat!

People often search for a cooling weighted blanket, not hot one. This is a common misconception about a weighted blanket. While these blankets are heavier than regular comforters, this does not mean the blankets are too hot.  

In fact, you can enjoy a weighted blanket even if you’re having hot flashes or are prone to overheating. Even if the temperature outside is very warm, you can still be comfortable with your weighted blanket.

A critical factor is the fabric covering the blanket. While flannel or fleece may feel soft to the touch, a weighted blanket created with these fabrics may create too much heat. That’s because those fibres are not natural fibres so the fabric doesn’t breathe well -- trapping body heat under the blanket. This isn’t ideal in summer, if you’re sensitive to heat, like to sleep at a certain temperature or suffer from night sweats.

Best fabrics for a weighted blanket

are weighted blankets hot


A soft comfortable fabric is essential for the external cover; the cover should also be machine washable, and durable.

Mela Comfort Original Weighted Blankets have a super soft and completely removable minky style cover that is included with the inner weighted section. We also stock a range of other luxurious and cooling covers that we sell separately. Please visit our online store if you would like to purchase an additional cover.

You can remove the exterior cover and still use the blanket to reduce the heat. The cover of the weighted inner section is 100% premium cotton, which is breathable, washable, and durable.


The Mela Eucalyptus Weighted Blanket is made from eucalyptus Tencel, a comfortable, breathable fibre that is cool to touch. It also wicks moisture from your skin and is easy to care for, with good durability.

Also, to stay cool in the heat of summer, we recommend lowering the room temperature by a few degrees, if you have air conditioning.

If you’re suffering from anxiety, you owe it to yourself

do weighted blankets make you hot


Give weighted blanket therapy a try. Don’t just assume the blanket will make you hot without first-hand experience. If overwhelming stress and anxiety are issues for you, you really owe it to yourself to see if this helps!

After all, research shows that weighted blanket therapy creates a type of physical connection that has an abundance of positive effects on hormones governing the nervous system, affecting both mood and stress level.

Oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, cortisol and melatonin hormones are increased whilst using it, giving the weighted therapy blanket the grounding your body needs to calm. You will feel the sense of security that calms you down and reduces blood pressure, so the body relaxes. When melatonin hormones are released, the result is sleep!

Overall, the pressure of the weighted blanket provides a calming, soothing environment that is conducive to sleep, helping the anxious person get the rest they need.

Imagine getting a full night’s sleep easily, for the first time in a long time. Snuggling inside your new weighted blanket like you did as a child, feeling the security you needed to sleep deeply. It’s possible to drift into sleep swiftly, and stay asleep soundly, with a weighted therapy blanket :)

Our Happy Customers

Hundreds of our customers have written gratifying words of thanks. Here are two...

Fantastic to sleep with!
Ivelisse B. on Oct 09, 2017
I live in a hot area and I have always expected weighted blankets to be hot and not breathable at all, but the Mela brand weighted blanket is actually quite cool! I've had nights of full sleep without waking up in the middle of the night since I started using the blanket. It's also just really soothing to lie down with it on to just relax. Definitely would recommend for anyone curious about the benefits of owning a weighted blanket!

It's perfect for one person
Megan Hall on Sep 02, 2017
I never leave reviews but I had to for this one.... This was a gift for my husband and he loves it! It's perfect for one person, it's not too hot, and really comfortable. It doesn't make the noise like a bean bag chair and the beads don't move around too much. I am really happy with this product.