You find yourself tossing and turning at night, and the only thing that helps you is the blanket. They seem to have magical power and with them covering us, we fall asleep faster.
Even hot nights are no different. There are a few reasons why we are so attached to them, and once you know why, it will all make sense. We found out why we use our blankets and now we are sharing this with all of you.
It Regulates The Temperature Of Our Body
We are warm-blooded creatures, which means that our body regulates its internal temperature, and that is what helps us stay warm.
However, when we are in a deep sleep, all our control disappears; that’s when we seek help from the things around us.
And the blankets help our body adjust and maintain the temperature we need.
Blankets Are An Essential Part Of Our Bedtime Routine
We are also “creatures of habit” and this has a huge impact on why we need our blankets. Even if it’s not about feeling safe, we’ve been using blankets our entire lives and this has been part of our routine ever since.
Then when we go to bed and cover ourselves with a blanket, our body receives a signal that it is time to sleep.
Blankets Lower Stress And Anxiety
Serotonin is one of the chemicals that makes us feel good and plays an important role in keeping us happy and calm. When we are stressed and anxious, it is difficult to fall asleep.
However, when we cover-up, the amount of this chemical increases, and these sensations begin to disappear.
Blankets Help Us Fall Asleep
The blankets create a microclimate: a barrier where the temperature does not change much. This heats up our skin and the surrounding factors that cool our body don’t affect us as much.
Therefore, we fall asleep faster and have a better and less disturbed sleep.
We Feel Protected And Safe
Blankets trigger our sense of security because the most common fear we had as children was the fear of the dark. Then when that feeling started, we covered ourselves completely.
It was our magical escape that fought our fear and made us feel protected. That sense of security still remains with us today, when we are under our blankets.
Do you sleep with your blanket, even if it’s hot? Does it help you fall asleep faster?