For all the times that your dad has changed your oil, scraped your car off in the dead of winter, picked you up from countless sports practices, and just genuinely been a positive influence in your life, it’s not likely you were wondering whether he was getting a good night’s sleep. Dads just seem to function, no matter what. But according to Advanced Sleep Medicine Services Inc. in their article “Men and Sleep: Top Four Sleep Facts,” men and women sleep quite differently. Data collected reveals that men’s overall quality of sleep is lower and they sleep less than women. In general terms, men tend to sleep “lighter” than women, with less time spent in deeper sleep stages. They also wake up more often.
An interesting observance is that even though the data points to men sleeping worse, they actually perceive themselves to sleep better than women. Which means that although men are perhaps not sleeping as well as they could be, they think that they are sleeping perfectly well. They are then less likely to search out any assistance, because they honestly don’t think they need any. Men seem to be depriving themselves of the sleep they actually need because they feel that everything is fine … when in all reality, it may not be.
Weighted blankets for men can assist with many aspects of life. Proper rest means people are more productive, can think better, are less volatile, and can recover from illnesses faster. Rest is also extremely important for maintaining good mental health, which allows us to connect with others better, cope with stress more easily, and generally enjoy life more fully.
Good sleep has also been shown to assist with faster recuperation from injuries, as fuller, more complete rest allows the muscles to relax and recuperate. In addition, weighted blankets have been shown to help those with autism, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, restless legs syndrome and more.
Help dad keep being the superhero he always was, but with a better night’s sleep behind him with a custom weighted blanket from Hippo Hug.
How Weighted Blankets for Men Work to Improve Sleep
A 2015 study published by the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders tested how weighted blankets worked to improve the sleep of 31 subjects with chronic insomnia. Subjects’ sleep patterns were observed for one week using regular bedding, two weeks using a weighted blanket, and then one more week back with regular bedding. Four out of five test subjects slept better, woke up less, and fell asleep faster.
If you like to cuddle with your partner at night, usually use more than one blanket, like to sleep against a wall, or prefer your sheets to the tucked in tight, then a weighted blanket might be for you.
Weighted blankets for men work by applying what is known as deep pressure touch stimulation, which is similar to a long, warm hug from a loved one. Deep pressure touch stimulation encourages the production of serotonin and melatonin, both of which are known to reduce anxiety and lead to better sleep. The calming effect of weighted blankets decreases heart rates and reduces blood pressure, allowing for proper rest.
Weighted blankets are calming, soothing, and a reliable constant. Hippo Hug’s weighted blankets are completely customizable, so you can choose a fabric you enjoy and a size and weight you are comfortable with. Weighted blankets should be sized to cover bodies, not beds. This way you get the most benefit from your blanket, and don’t pay for weight that you are not using.
Our largest size of blanket is 45 inches by 70 inches, which easily covers a six-foot-tall man from their shoulders to their toes.
As we know your weighted blanket is a personal item that must be designed specifically for you, we provide trial weighted blankets so that you can test out our products before purchasing. Get a weighted blanket as unique as your needs, Made in Canada by experts in fitting weighted blankets to your personality and sleep needs.
Through our work, we have discovered that most people like their blankets to be from 10% to 15% of their body weight, with weighted blankets for men tending to be on the heavier side. We can allocate our proprietary weighted discs in greater amounts in the areas you might like more weight, such as your upper body, and use less where you may not want them, such as your lower body.
Can Weighted Blankets Be Covered By Benefits?
We have been working for years to weave the medical use of weighted blankets into the health-care system, advocating for their use in long-term care and retirement homes, in hospital wards, and at dentists’ offices. Part of our mandate is to make sure medical authorities are aware of the many benefits of weighted blankets, and eventually have them recognized as a legitimate comfort care device to enhance the patient’s experience while receiving care. We advocate heavily for our clients to have their blankets covered by their health benefits, and have had some success in this endeavour.
For health benefits claims we see the most success for claims using a wellness account, followed by health spending accounts and finally, and most challenging, as a medical device under employee benefits. Most often employer benefits prefer for the customer to make the purchase and then wait for reimbursement. Usually these plans require a prescription or doctor’s note. Obtaining a doctor’s note is always a smart idea if you would like to try to have your blanket covered. This adds genuineness to your claim and provides a paper trail for benefit companies to follow. The most common process is buy the blanket and then wait for reimbursement.
Additional Hippo Hug Products
Additional products we have to assist in helping dads relax and feel their best include:
If you have any questions about how a weighted product may benefit you, please feel free to contact us through email, by phone, or come on by our storefront a few blocks east of Chinook Centre.
Not sure what Dad would like? We also offer gift certificates or you could pick up a Try Before You Buy weighted blanket for him to test out.