Last September Tiffany Haddish stopped by The Late Show to chat with Stephen Colbert and joked that her weighted blanket was better than a man. Though a Hippo Hug weighted blanket is no replacement for a good partner, her reasons for loving her blanket weren’t wrong. She told Colbert that all you have to do is, “throw the blanket over your legs and arms, spritz a little cologne, and — boom! “It feels like a man is holding you,”
While you may want to skip the cologne she’s right in the fact that weighted blankets act in the same way as a loving partner does, providing a similar feeling to a warm embrace from a person you care about.
That’s because weighted blankets apply what is known as deep pressure touch stimulation, the benefits of which were first noted by esteemed autism researcher Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Although Grandin craved to be touched and held, she found hugs to be over-stimulating. Deep pressure touch stimulation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, causing the release of dopamine and serotonin, which soothes, comforts, and reassures.
While Haddish went on to explain the rest of her ‘nightly ritual’ (which we will leave to your imagination) but there might actually be more to how weighted blankets can help improve your sex life. Sleep.org’s article, “An under-the-covers look at whether getting turned on turns off your ability to fall asleep,” states that “More sex helps you sleep, and more sleep boosts your sex drive.” Sleep and sex go hand-in-hand, and not just because they both usually happen in the bedroom. Therefore, that must mean that, weighted blankets, because they help you get a good night’s rest actually boost your libido!
More Sleep Equals Better Sex
While we are joking (sort of), falling asleep with a partner can be challenging at the best of times. But what happens when one partner (or both) isn’t sleeping well, tossing and turning and waking up cranky? It’s totally going to have adverse effects on your sex life. It’s very hard to not be irritated with someone who is constantly waking you up at night, and it’s equally annoying to be lying in bed wide awake while your loved one is snoring peacefully beside you.
So a healthy sex life leads to a healthy sleep life, and vice versa. When you are tired, the brain produces fewer sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone in favour of the stress hormone cortisol, and that’s not going to help anyone feel more “romantically inclined.” Plus, the side effects of insomnia and sleep deprivation include anxiety and depression, both of which are also known to shut down libidos.
While lack of sleep can be a mood killer there are lots of things you can do to bring back some sparkle to your bed.
A Positive Bedroom Culture Leads to Better Sex
Bedrooms are often just places to crash until the next morning, but putting a little effort into a few details can completely transform not only your bedroom’s look and feel, but also your sex life to go along with it. Health.com suggests making your bedroom a cozy oasis where you just want to close the door and crawl into your partner’s arms.
Here are a few tips to improve your sleeping quarters … and everything else that happens there.
- Control the temperature. Too cold and you’re not going to want to lift the covers for anything. Too warm and you’re just sticky and uncomfortable. Experts suggest a temperature of about 20 degrees Celsius.
- Keep sheets and blankets clean and smelling nice. Your sense of smell has a lot to do with getting “turned on,” and if you feel like you’re being pampered you’re more likely to relax and enjoy yourself. These helpful tips will help you extend the life of your weighted blanket to get the most you can out of your purchase.
- Keep phones away. It’s way too tempting to check your phone for something, anything if it’s within arm’s reach. Since you should be concentrating on your partner, keep it away where you’re forced to forget about it … at least for a little while.
- Turn on the music. Try something with a soothing or sexy beat to help you get carried away by the mood.
- Light a candle. Candlelight is flattering, and also helps create a romantic mood.
- Keep it clean. Try not to let dirty laundry pile up and keep the room as tidy as possible.
- Invest in comfort items. Purchase quality pillows and sheets to make going to bed a special treat, not just a nightly necessity.
And if all that fails? Well, you can always snuggle up with Haddish’s solution — a comfy weighted blanket,
Additional Conditions That Can Be Helped By A Weighted Blanket
Hippo Hug’s made in Canada weighted blankets can assist with alleviating the symptoms of a number of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, autism, ADHD, dementia fibromyalgia, PTSD, menopause, and more. Our proprietary weighting system results in a low profile, meaning your blanket looks just like any other.
As we know purchasing a weighted blanket is an individual decision, we have developed a special “try before you buy” blanket program so that you can figure out exactly what you like before you place your order. And if you and your partner decide you like a different weight of the blanket, don’t worry. Many of our clients chose two different customizations for their weighted blanket, which they use over the top of another blanket so they can still feel close to each other, but also get the personalized rest they need.