Weighted blankets have blown up in recent years, with people using them for everything from anxiety to pain management tools for those suffering from debilitating aches — but there’s a new form of blanket therapy that might just trump them: infrared sauna blankets. Employing heat therapy, or heat treatment for pain, these up and coming home accessories have benefits including increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, and muscle and joint stiffness relief. When used properly, sauna blankets, like this Uttiny Far Infrared Sauna Blanket ($145.99, Amazon), can help you feel your best from the comfort of your own home.
Made from a flexible high-grade material with flexible wiring to boot, this high-tech cover (pictured above) features a set temperature range between 95 to 167 degrees — that’s right in the sweet spot, as ideal sauna blanket temperatures should be between 115 and 135. And, should this blanket rise above 185 degrees, it’s also equipped with a an auto-stop for safe use.
Unlike heated mattress pads or electric blankets, which use an integrated wiring system that electrically generates heat, sauna blankets use infrared heat, or heat that’s generated via light, to raise the body’s temperature and make you sweat, much like a regular sauna.
Where it differs, however, is in where the heat is directed. According to the Mayo Clinic, “A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you.”
Studies have shown that this specific type of light heat therapy can be especially helpful to those with chronic pain and conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and high blood pressure.
Users are loving this blanket, with one sharing, “I have a lot of body pain, and less than 10 minutes in, [I] could feel it just diminishing away! I did put a towel down [and I] sweat a lot in just 30 minutes, but it felt so good! If you have fibro[myalgia], autoimmune, arthritis, [or] just body pain, in general, I highly recommend.”
Another wrote, “I wanted to try the infrared sauna after researching the benefits of … infrared for inflammation. The instructions were well-written and easy to follow — we got to use the sauna the day it arrived! The controls are easy to use, and we enjoy using it several times a week. … After having the sauna for about a month, we can feel the improvements clearly. It is so nice to have this in the comfort of our own home, where we can use it whenever we choose.”
For a more affordable option, you can also get your hands on the Semme Digital Heated Sauna Steamer Blanket ($95.99, Amazon). Like the Uttiny model, it’s made with a durable, waterproof material and flexible heating wire that’s designed to withstand stretching or bends. It also features a temperature range or 95 to 167 degrees and automatically disconnects at 185 degrees.
Of this blanket, one user wrote, “After 30 minutes my headache and neck aches were gone,” while another raved, “You really sweat! For me, I really start to sweat after about 20 minutes. So relaxed after each session.”
In just 15 to 60 minutes a session, you could finally say goodbye to that pain that has been plaguing you.
All the more reason to add an infrared sauna blanket to your wishlist this holiday season!
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