What is Celliant Fiber and How to Shop for Products That Use it?
Celliant is an innovative material that can significantly increase sleep quality and duration for sleepers. When infused in a mattress cover, Celliant fabric allows the bed to sleep noticeably cooler and more comfortably. It also draws away body heat from sleepers and aids with physical recovery after strenuous activities.
Read on to learn more about mattresses and sleep accessories engineered with Celliant material.
How is Celliant Fiber Made?
Celliant is produced using a total of 13 naturally occurring, thermoreactive minerals. These include:
- Titanium dioxide, a photocatalyst that effectively absorbs light.
- Silicone dioxide, which absorbs and reflects energy.
- Aluminum oxide, which can help increase energy reflectivity.
All 13 minerals are ground up into an ultra-fine powder and then mixed with polyethylene teraphthalate (PET) to create the ‘Celliant master batch.’ Finally, a liquid polyester resin is added to the master batch and synthesized into a staple fiber. These fibers are used to create Celliant fabric.
According to the manufacturer’s website, Celliant has been developed and tested under the supervision of a scientific advisory board made up of biologists, chemists, physicists, and medical experts. The fabric has been through nine different clinical trials. A summary of these trials is available online.
How Does Celliant Fiber Work?
Before we cover the functionality of Celliant fiber, let’s discuss infrared light and human energy.
Humans lose a great deal of energy due to the radiant heat they emit. Merely sitting on the couch will expend more than 100 watts of energy, while athletic activities like biking or basketball will expend roughly 900 to 1,100 watts.
Exposure to infrared light — unlike UV light — can be beneficial to humans. This is because infrared light refuels the body by promoting vasodilation in the capillaries and supplying cells with more oxygen. This process increases blood circulation, boosts oxygen levels in body tissue, and helps regulate body temperatures. For this reason, medical care providers use infrared light for a wide range of treatments.
Because it is made with thermoreactive chemicals, fabrics made with Celliant are able to convert body heat into infrared energy and then re-emit it back into the body, which triggers vasodilation and oxygenation. This five-step process is as follows:
- The patented blend of 13 thermoreactive minerals is embedded into the polyester resin during the fiber extrusion process.
- Thanks to the presence of these minerals, the Celliant fabric now has the ability to absorb the visible and infrared light energy that our bodies naturally give off.
- The Celliant fabric changes the wavelength of this radiant energy, thus converting it to infrared energy, and then reflects it back into the body, where tissue reabsorbs it.
- The infrared energy acts as a catalyst for vasodilation, which generates fuel for the body.
- The body experiences improved circulation and increased tissue oxygenation, allowing it to function more efficiently. Other positive effects include fast muscle recovery, improved endurance, and increased athletic performance.
In addition to improved energy and circulation, Celliant has other benefits too. The material dries very quickly due to its high drying efficiency. It is also considered exceptionally durable and never washes out, and the material is hypoallergenic as well.
How is Celliant Fiber Used in Mattress Covers?
Celliant is used in covers because this topmost layer comes in direct contact with the sleeper’s skin. Mattress covers are never 100% Celliant. Rather, Celliant is infused into fabric blends made with other fibers, such as polyester.
In most cases, Celliant comprises roughly one-fifth of the mattress cover’s fabric blend. Fortunately, this relatively small amount is more than enough for sleepers to fully experience the fiber’s energy absorbing, coverting, and re-emitting properties.
Celliant mattress covers offer some significant benefits for sleepers:
- The material can help sleeper’s maintain a consistent circadian rhythm by regulating body temperature, improving tissue oxygenation, and increasing local bloodflow.
- Celliant also improves the restfulness of sleep. According to one of the clinical trials (conducted at UC Irvine), the average Celliant sleeper lowered the amount of time they spent awake after falling asleep by more than 18 minutes per night.