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If your blanket does not suit you: choose the right one

'04.12.2019'

A source: Delfi Dom Sad

Winter has come - it's time to update the blanket. However, many people do not know what these blankets are in principle, and do not understand what to look for when going to the store. A few tips to help you navigate the diversity of the blanket world Delfi Dom Sad.

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To size

Unless you despise duvet covers, picking up a blanket is necessary based on the size of the available laundry. Fortunately, most manufacturers adhere to the same values ​​and do not particularly experiment with dimensionality. The smallest “adult” blanket, measuring 120 × 180 cm (sometimes referred to as Throw); double - 170х230 (Twin); “Square” - 230 × 230 (Queen or Full / Queen) and, finally, “royal” - 275 × 230 (King). In our latitudes, the first two “sizes” are popular.

By filler material

A modern blanket is not just a piece of matter, it consists of the outside and the filler. Fillers, in turn, are divided into natural and artificial. The main difference between them, in addition to price, is that natural ones “breathe”, and artificial ones, as a rule, do not - accordingly it will be more comfortable to sleep under the first ones.

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Natural materials include cotton, wool and down. The most practical ones are cotton ones, since they are relatively cheap, “breathe” perfectly and, most importantly, withstand a huge number of washings and are able to last you for years. Woolen - perfectly retain heat, absorb liquids, are extremely reluctant to burn and very willingly repel dirt. Blankets for down are considered the best (and therefore, ceteris paribus, significantly more expensive) - the warmest and at the same time the most “breathable”, the lightest and “airiest” to the touch. The only trouble of the latter is if their owner is allergic.

Speaking about artificial materials as a filler, one cannot fail to note the fact that they are all ideal for allergy sufferers and, all other things being equal, cheaper than their natural competitors. Most often, acrylic is used as an artificial filler - soft to the touch, light and very warm (so that by ignorance it can even be confused with fluff). If you travel a lot, then in hotels you most likely slept under a thick, very warm, nylon fiber blanket.

According to the material of the outside

Any blanket, unless it is a piece of coarse cloth, is wrapped in a cloth, which, by type, is usually divided into one that passes air well and one that is not very. The first type is needed for those who, due to the characteristics of the body, become very hot in a dream and often sweat (choose acrylic or cotton). However, most often, for the “shell”, depending on the price of the blanket, either a woolen cloth or synthetics other than acrylic is used — the result is a “normal” shell for “normal” people.

Electric and “heavy” blanket

A little apart are two special types of blankets, suitable for special occasions. Electric blankets with heating elements inside are suitable for those who sleep in a very unstable temperature environment (suddenly the wind in the windows - and the house is “dubbing”? Your case!) Or, due to medical features, needs a strong “heating pad for the whole body” with the ability adjust the temperature.

“Heavy” blankets are widespread relatively recently. The blankets, known as “hotel”, are “natural” heavy blankets, but there are still special blankets with sewn-in weighting materials. They are recommended by psychotherapists for people experiencing stress or having difficulty falling asleep, as heavy blankets create little pressure on the skin, causing a “hug effect” that soothes and evokes positive emotions.

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Optimum temperature and subtleties of “falling asleep”

The ideal indoor temperature for sleep is from 16 to 21 degrees Celsius (60-69 Fahrenheit), and it is better if at the moment of falling asleep it will be 16 degrees, and in the morning it will be closer to 21 (note to happy owners of “smart” systems climate control). The body itself actually partly compensates for this difference - at the moment of falling asleep, the temperature of the “core” of the human body decreases slightly, so it is easier for the body and brain to go into sleep, and by morning it will return to normal.

Unfortunately, the universal advice of the form “if you have + 20 at home, then take this, but if + 25, then this” does not exist - all people are different, and the movement of air flows is also of great importance (sleep by the window? Is this not same as sleeping in a corner next to the icy walls!). Therefore, in the general case, one should give preference to “breathing” natural tissues and fillers, which are able to “let off steam” themselves. And it’s best to have several fundamentally different blankets at home.

Well, if it’s usually hard for you to fall asleep, then your next (and especially your troubled child) blanket should be a “hard” option.

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