Best Blanket

SN and I have a new blanket, which I normally wouldn't bother to blog about, but this is no ordinary blanket. It's the BEST blanket.

Actually, it's technically a duvet, but isn't that just a fancy word for blanket?(Google says it's not. I'm going to use it as a blanket anyway.) 

It is made with a Celliant fabric, just like our beloved Amerisleep mattresses, and has a Celliant filling.

Best Blanket: Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet with Celliant

best blanket
Amerisleep says their new duvet is like snuggling with a cloud, but I prefer to think of it as a big, toasty cinnamon bun.

Best Blanket

We've been using the new Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet for about 2 weeks and have had a love/hate relationship with it.

LOVE: Surprisingly, through the magic of Celliant, the Recover+ Duvet actually calms my Restless Leg Syndrome. I know, this sounds crazy. A blanket that cures Restless Leg Syndrome? The science behind Celliant is at the bottom of this post.

HATE: The queen-size will set you back a whopping $246.50. That's a lot of money for a blanket, even if it is the best blanket! (You can save 15% on any size Recover+ Duvet through this link when you use promo code SHEETS15.)

LOVE: The Recover+ Duvet somehow keeps us at the perfect temperature, no matter how hot or how cold our bedroom is. How does it do this?

HATE: There is an adjustment period for this blanket. I slept terribly the first few nights while I got used to this newfangled, space age duvet.

Here is our new Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet with Celliant, cozying up our 8-year-old Amerisleep AS3 mattress:

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I should probably explain that we're still trying to choose the perfect wallpaper for our bedroom, which we want to make dark and cozy like a cocoon. SN likes the wallpaper on the left (of course he does - it's from Ralph Lauren and is obscenely expensive) and I initially preferred the pattern on the right, but am now unsure about either. Might the perfect wallpaper be no wallpaper at all? 

Satin pillowcases on our Amerisleep pillows because they're less likely to pull your hair or cause wrinkles on your face while you sleep. (And because they were a steal at only $5 each!) Stitch is in the photo just for fun.

Funny side story: SN bought Stitch for me when we were dating. His little brother embarrassed him by saying, "Nothing says 'I love you' like a big blue stuffed animal."

Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet with Celliant

Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet with Celliant: My Personal Experience


So, how does Celliant make the Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet more valuable than an ordinary blanket? To be completely honest, I had low expectations for this. 


According to Amerisleep, "Celliant's FDA-determined technology helps you recharge while you sleep. Celliant safely turns body heat into full-spectrum infrared energy. When your muscle and tissue absorb this energy, it promotes a temporary increase in local circulation that helps you recover faster and wake up refreshed." You can wash the duvet, but the amount of Celliant will not diminish. They also note that the FDA has determined Celliant products are medical devices.


It sort of sounds like those gimmicky copper bracelets they sell from a cart at the mall, doesn't it? (No offense to anyone reading this who is currently wearing a copper bracelet. I'm sure the universe it totally sending powerful beams into your wrist.) As a lifelong, chronic insomniac though (even as a baby), I am open to trying anything to improve my sleep. The Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet has a 1-year warranty, so it seemed like I had nothing to lose.


It can be machine washed or hand washed in cold water. Do not dry clean or chlorine bleach. Tumble dry low.

Amerisleep claims use of this blanket will result in deeper sleep. I can usually fall asleep without too much difficulty, but wake up 2 or 3 hours later with no hope of falling back to sleep for at least several hours, so this sounded like a dream come true.


The first few nights, I slept terribly. I was wide awake at 3 am and mentally writing a scathing review of the Recover+ Duvet. It's marketed as being like hugging a cloud, but to me it felt stiff and overly thick. Amerisleep claims it has breathable moisture control that wicks away humidity and prevents overheating, but I kept waking up covered in sweat, angrily throwing my top blanket onto the floor.


And that was exactly the problem.


When you use a Celliant blanket, that is all you need. Don't have it as your top blanket or your bottom blanket, but as your only blanket. I still don't understand how it does this, but when there are no other blankets, the Recover+ Duvet keeps me warm when the bedroom is cold (we've tested this down to 52 degrees Fahrenheit) and cool when the bedroom is hot (we've tested this up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). 


I have been waking less, just as Amerisleep claimed. More importantly, I've noticed that the irresistible urge to stretch and flex and move my legs each night has gone away. I initially thought this was just a placebo effect and that my legs weren't bothering me simply because I thought I had something that would stop them from bothering me. 


I wasn't even going to include anything about Restless Leg Syndrome in this blog post, thinking it must be only in my mind. After all, Amerisleep doesn't mention anything about this in their marketing of the Recover+ Duvet. We're almost 2 weeks in though and my legs have felt better every night, even when I initially didn't like this blanket.

I decided to do some research on Celliant to determine if it could actually be helping with Restless Leg Syndrome.


 Celliant: The Science

According to a Celliant Pilot Sleep Study at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in 2010 and a Single Center Prospective Comparative Study to Evaluate the Performance of an Upper Torso Garment at the Long Beach VA Memorial Hospital, Journal of Textile Science and Engineering in 2014, use of Celliant bedding resulted in participants 
  • falling asleep faster
  • sleeping an average of 18.3 additional minutes per night
  • having a tissue oxygenation of 8.4%, resulting in increased energy, through vasodilation (improved local circulation), making more oxygen available to your cells
Results of more than a dozen Celliant clinical trials are available in detail on the Celliant website. In addition to sleep improvement, studies on the medical benefits of Celliant often focus on its affect on patients with diabetes. They have found statistically significant reduction of pain and improved comfort for subjects, as well as an average increase in TCPO2 levels from 12% in the hands and 8% in the feet of diabetic subjects. 

Based on this, it seems reasonable to believe there is more to the improvement in my Restless Leg Syndrome than merely a placebo effect. In the quest to improve my sleep, the Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet has been a helpful addition to my nightly routine. Due to the high cost, I would not recommend it to someone who already sleeps well and who does not wake up with muscle soreness. For everyone else, from athletes to my fellow insomniacs, you're going to (eventually) love the the Recover+ Duvet.

Oh, and a side note in case anyone at Amerisleep reads this: I would looove for you to offer this product as a weighted blanket. Celliant Technology + Weighted Blanket = Finally a Weighted Blanket That's Not Too Stinkin' Hot! Please, Amerisleep? 

I hope you have found my honest review of the Amerisleep Recover+ Duvet with Celliant beneficial. If you make a purchase, I'd love for you to email me your experience with the product!