People who are hot sleepers look for weighted blankets made with breathable, moisture-wicking fabric. It counteracts the heat buildup from the extra weight.

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For many people, a regular weighted blanket doesn’t cause any problems with overheating and not being able to stay underneath the covering.

But for those people who already sleep warmer, the need for fabrics that help with staying cooler is a must-have in a weighted blanket.

In this post, we’ll highlight the best breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics to look for when you purchase your weighted blanket.

What Is Breathable Fabric?

Breathable fabric is not a material that breathes or is alive, as cool as that would be. It’s actually a fabric that allows moisture and air to pass through.

One of the most common breathable fabrics is cotton. It allows heat and air to pass through, so there is less heat buildup next to your body.

It’s the reason so much summer clothing is made from cotton. The lighter weight and breathable material help with staying cool while you’re on the go.

What Is Moisture-Wicking Fabric?

A moisture-wicking material draws sweat away from your body and into the fabric. It allows you to feel more comfortable because the moisture is not on your skin.

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However, depending on the composition of the fabric it may stay in the fibers long enough to cause a sticky sensation, even if you aren’t feeling damp.

Ideally, it will evaporate off the fabric quickly, keeping you dry and cool. Most athleticwear is made from some form of moisture-wicking material these days.

The Benefit of Breathable Moisture-Wicking Fabrics

The benefit of breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics is they leave you feeling more comfortable and cooler when you are in warm conditions.

It can be because you’re exercising, the weather is warm, you live in a hot climate, or you’re someone who naturally feels warmer when you sleep.

Breathable and moisture-wicking materials have become more common in the clothing industry and for bedding choices.

Weighted blanket manufacturers quickly realized when customers complained of heat buildup that they needed to produce products from fabrics that would ease the discomfort of added warmth.

Cotton Fabric in Weighted Blankets

Many weighted blanket manufacturers use cotton layers in their weighted blankets because cotton is a breathable material. It allows the individual to sleep more comfortably under the added weight.

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Cooling weighted blankets for hot sleepers and warm weather often have several layers of cotton to keep the weights in place, instead of using a lot of synthetic fiberfill.

It requires several thinner layers because the fiberfill holds the weights in place more effectively, but they create more warmth. So, it takes several thin layers of cooler material to replace it.

In quality weighted blankets the cotton is Oeko-Tex certified, which means the labeled textile products have undergone laboratory testing for a wide range of harmful substances.

And it also means that the content of those substances remains below the limit values established by the Oeko-Tex Association.

Bamboo Fabric in Weighted Blankets

Bamboo is a unique natural fabric that is both breathable and moisture-wicking that also drys quickly for even more comfort than other materials.

In many cases, it is grown sustainably and it is antibacterial, which is another plus for people with sensitivities and allergies.

The YnM cooling weighted blanket uses natural bamboo viscose for the outer layer of the blanket, plus it is used for some of the removable duvet covers.

Coolmax Technology in Weighted Blankets

Some weighted blanket manufacturers, such as Degrees of Comfort, go with specially developed cooling technologies for their weighted blankets.

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The Degrees of Comfort weighted blanket cooling duvet cover uses something called Coolmax technology to reduce heat buildup.

Coolmax microfiber technology is designed to ventilate heat away from the body, allowing a hot sleeper to rest more comfortably at night.

Degrees of Comfort is the weighted blanket we chose for our son, who is a hot sleeper, and he’s had good results from using the removable cover with the Coolmax technology.

Weighted blanket manufacturers have listened to the feedback of consumers who didn’t want to give up the benefits of sleeping under a weighted blanket because of overheating.

They use breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics, plus special technologies to create products that minimize heat buildup and allow their customers to sleep better.

However, another solution to beat the heat is to go with a compression sheet made from breathable material instead of a heavy weighted blanket.

For people who truly cannot function with a weighted blanket covering them all night, compression sheets have been the answer. It’s the same effect without the weight.

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