What is Celliant? | Does it Belong in Your Bedding? 1

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According to Hologenix:

Products made with Celliant fabric absorb and convert body heat into infrared energy (IR) that is recycled back into skin and tissue in a safe, natural way. IR is a vasodilator, increasing blood flow to tissue and muscles throughout the body, which delivers vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells. The effect is clinically proven to help the body:

  • increase energy, endurance, stamina and performance,
  • recover faster from physical activity,
  • promote restful sleep and increased comfort.

Under Armor just released a line of pajamas that apparently Tom Brady wears to help with recovery. I believe these pajamas use celliant technolgy. Underarmor is calling them bioceramics but I think it’s the same thing.

Celliant™ technology is a patented process for adding micron sized optically active quartz, silicon oxide and titanium oxide particles to polymer fibers. The resulting Celliant™ yarns are believed to have unique effects on the electromagnetic energy environment of the skin in the visible and near infrared portion of the spectrum leading to increased blood flow and oxygen levels.

Celliant is a brand-name synthetic fiber made from polyethylene terephthalate . Celliant has been shown to increase oxygenation in body tissue and demonstrated to reduce minor aches and pains. It was initially marketed as Holofiber. The name was later changed to Celliant to avoid confusion about the nature of the core of its fiber. Celliant has been shown to interact with infrared light produced by the human body to achieve the increased oxygenation.

Celliant is a very promising technology that can provide added health benefit while you sleep. In simple terms, Celliant takes your body heat which emits non-visible light and reflects it back into the body. Light therapy has been used to help treat jaundice in infants and speed up recovery time for athletes as well as stimulate other metabolic processes.  Currently, NASA is experimenting with light therapy to regulate the sleep of astronauts.

Celliant yarn first came on the scene in 2008 and was first used at horse shows to help horses recover faster from strains and muscle soreness.  Since then it has been incorporated into high tech clothing, hospitals and bedding.

You can now even buy celliant clothes. You can buy celliant clothes on Amazon from Xpro Gear.

Right now you can get the benefits of celliant technology while you sleep through the following companies.

Bear Mattress, which uses a top layer of celliant on its bed. A Bear Mattress Review is forthcoming which will not only test the celliant technology but also the overall feel of the mattress itself.

Bear mattress


PureCare which has both a mattress protector and celliant sheets that utilize celliant technology.

celliant mattress protector

As research grows on this textile, expect to see it in many more brand name wearable products.  If you need to sleep anyway, you might as well optimize your productivity while you sleep. Any slight advantage or optimization of your sleep will reap dividends the following day in terms of productivity, mood and attention. That advantage will compound day after day so the investment in celliant would certainly be worth it!




13 thoughts on “What is Celliant? | Does it Belong in Your Bedding?”

  1. Kathleen Halleck


    Are there special washing instructions for celliant sheets?

    1. You don’t need to do anything special. They will wash like normal sheets.

  2. Where is the data? Without that it is just an ad.

      1. Oh note, the study date is 2009.

      2. Thanks. The past page of this study says that it was paid for by the company that makes celliant, so I’m cautiously skeptical. I’m curious to see others.

  3. Kelly Washburn


    I’m a little confused, i saw an ad selling a Celliant mattress pad as a “cooling pad” for those of us who get hot during the night. But if the Celliant reflects the heat back into the body, wouldn’t that make your body warmer in bed? Which is the selling pitch for athletes….aids in healing sore muscles because it reflects the heat back into their bodies?

    1. Yeah, that seems odd. I have been wearing the Tom Brady pajamas from Under Armor and they feel just like the normal under armor clothes. I don’t notice extra heat retention but I certainly don’t notice any cooling effect.

    2. The theory would be that because the energy reflected back to your body is infra red, it dilates your blood vessels in the skin, causing you to give off heat rather than retain it, causing a cooling effect.

      1. Actually they are saying that like any fabric (e.g. wool) it keeps you warm (they use the words “near infrared” which simply means “heat”) Heat, as we all know, increases blood flow. By the way, all quartz (silicon oxide) is optically active, and Titanium oxide is a white colorant found in almost all white dyes.

  4. Arielle Phillips


    Tom Brady is NOT wearing CELLIANT technology in his pajamas .
    UA is not using the real thing, it’s a knock off, just like their stock that dropped 23% yesterday.

    Good luck Tom in the SB . If you were sleeping on REAL Celliant Sheets you would have a better chance to win.
    Look at energytextiles.com for the real thing

  5. I was curious if you tried the Pure Care Celliant Mattress Protector.
    If so, is it a quiet or crinkly sounding protector while sleeping?
    Also, did their product seem well made?
    Thank you; Joi Hall.

    1. I haven’t tried the protector yet but I just received a set of celliant pillow cases from Pure Care and don’t find them crinkly. Most of the new waterproofing material they use is not vinyl so you won’t get that cinkling noise or feel.

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