I was staying with some friends of ours in Corpus Christi, and when I was talking to them about my Raynaud’s, they told me that they were able to run the heater less at night during the winter by using a heated mattress pad. The husband said it was actually too hot to have a blanket, but the wife said it was just right with both, and especially helped her cold legs and feet.
My husband has the heating capacity of a convection oven; often times when my hands are cold he’ll wrap one big hand around both of mine and heat them up like a mitten. Understandably he had some concerns about heating up the whole bed, and besides the mattress pads are a bit pricey. So we came up with the idea of buying a twin-sized heated blanket for me, and my husband would hopefully be unaffected.
Despite all the positive encouragement and compromise with my spouse heater, I still had some reservations. Growing up in North Dakota and Minnesota where people spend most of their lives trying to stay warm, I was inundated with stories of warming machines of one sort or another rising up against their masters and setting the house on fire. Understandably I was raised to have a mortal fear of burning to death in the night because of things like heated blankets, so I did my research before committing to a purchase.
The heated blanket I finally decided on has an auto-shut off. It also has gentle warmth rather than being hot enough to burn skin (which is a legitimate concern when sensation in your hands and feet is diminished). The first afternoon when it came I tried it out. I plugged it in and used it as the immediate layer and covered it with another heavy blanket on top to keep the heat in. I immediately fell asleep!
My heated blanket is heavenly! The fleece is soft and cozy like snuggling up to the Bounty Bear. The heat envelops my always-cold legs and feet and brings blood flow to places that had been numb with cold for hours. When I’m cold my muscles get tense, and the Raynaud’s starves my extremities of blood flow—so once I warm up under the electric blanket, I finally relax, which is perfect for bedtime.
To sum up, the twin-size heated blanket was a great option because my husband is not roasting on his side of the bed, which is good for our marriage. The automatic shut-off helps with the relaxation because I can turn it on and fall asleep, not needing to worry that it will stay on all night or catch on fire. Sometimes I wake up and turn it off and back on again if I want to make sure it heats through the night. Finally, I am a tall woman. My heated blanket does not disappoint in that department either. I can cover my feet, tuck them in, and still pull the blanket to my chin without touching the cords at the end or losing any heat.
For someone with Raynaud’s, I give this blanket five stars for improving my sleep, circulation, and decreasing stress and pain.