The Health Benefits of Electric BlanketsBy Joe On October 3, 2011 Under Bed Linen
On Furnishings-Direct we sell a range of electric blankets. Their benefits as far as comfort and warmth go are obvious, however they can also benefit your health.
In fact, a quarter of people who buy electric blankets do so for the health benefits they provide beyond general comfort.
Using an electric blanket means that direct heat therapy can occur - applying this heat to muscles increases bloodflow; in turn this enhances muscle nutrition and relaxation, which helps with healing and pain and also eases sleep. Sufferers of back pain or tension may find relief through the application of heat and according to The Arthritis Foundation, the same is true for those who feel the muscle pain and soreness caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia. Equally, those with Raynaud’s phenomenon or post-polio syndrome may use heated bedding to avoid damage and relieve discomfort caused by poor circulation or cold intolerance.
Electric blankets can help health conditions indirectly, like sinus conditions and allergies. This is because they allow you to sleep in lower room temperatures and thus avoid breathing hotter dry air. The heat provided by these devices also reduces moisture in the bedding, slowing down the growth of dust mite populations, a common allergen; in fact using an electric blanket for a month or turning a device on ‘high’ for a few hours a month can reduce mites by up to 50%. An electric blanket also allows users to maintain a more comfortable temperature and gain the general benefits associated with deep and uninterrupted sleep.