DFND x CELLIANT: Sleep & Recovery for Warrior Athletes

Man wearing DFND x CELLIANT® IR Recovery Sleepwear

Since its inception, DFND’s mission has been clear: to support performance and speed recovery for the men and women serving our country.

DFND’s founders, product design veterans Jeff Herdman and Steve Burnett, grew up in Southern California among many military bases in the area and witnessed first-hand the impacts of overuse and training injuries on Marines, soldiers, airmen and sailors. When they realized the full scope of injury rate among U.S. Military members in 2015, Herdman and Burnett focused their shared passion for supporting those on the front lines and background in product innovation to launch DFND. Along with creating best-in-class products designed specifically for military members, it was important that DFND reflected the founders’ values, such as supporting American manufacturing jobs that provide safe working conditions. Therefore, all DFND products are proudly made in the USA and are 100% Berry Compliant, meeting the highest standards defined by the U.S. Department of Defense as well as its guidelines for procuring materials.

What PRODUCTs does dfnd offer?

The first DFND launch was a line of compression wear that was tested by Special Forces trainees under extremely harsh conditions. It was so successful that it has become a standard issue for thousands of Special Forces members. Since then, DFND has expanded its product offerings and has been adopted by the U.S. Military and first-responders, as well as professional athletes in the U.S. Olympics, NBA, NFL, and over 100 D1 collegiate teams.

Today, DFND offers a range of products designed to provide performance and recovery benefits that support every aspect of the warrior athlete’s life, including: 

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at DFND’s CELLIANT-infused collection of IR sleepwear and our partnership with the mission-driven brand at large. 

DFND Infrared Recovery Sleepwear with CELLIANT

DFND’s dedication to upholding the founders’ values while delivering the highest quality of products to the front lines resonates with us here at CELLIANT, and we are proud to play our part. Along with our partnership with DFND, CELLIANT is a member of AFFOA, a non-profit Manufacturing USA Innovation Institute that is funded by the Department of Defense. AFFOA brings together innovation leaders to help advance the development of textile-based products with transformative capabilities to meet defense and consumer needs—for which CELLIANT’s ability to enhance performance and recovery through bio-responsive textiles is a natural fit. 

CELLIANT powers DFND’s IR Recovery Sleepwear collection, designed to help military members, veterans and athletes alike rest, recharge and recover so they can come back stronger and perform their best. 


CELLIANT has been clinically demonstrated to increase local circulation and improve cellular oxygenation which results in a cascade of benefits, many of which promote restful sleep when infused into sleepwear, top-of-bed textile products and mattresses. Some of the most important benefits infrared can offer are: 

Between the science-backed benefits of infrared and the versatility of CELLIANT bioceramic minerals to be embedded in, or printed on, a range of textile-based products, CELLIANT provides a great way for brands like DFND to upgrade their sleep solutions and stand out in a competitive marketplace. 


CELLIANT’s Science Advisory Board has overseen 10 peer-reviewed, published studies that collectively demonstrate CELLIANT’s efficacy and the benefits of infrared. 

In exploring infrared benefits for sleep, a pilot study found that CELLIANT can reduce time spent awake at night after falling asleep by an average of 18.3 minutes and improve sleep efficiency by an average of 2.6%1 — meaning you fall asleep faster and get more quality sleep.* 

In a study exploring how infrared can impact tissue oxygen (TcPO2) levels, an average increase in TcPO2 of 8.4%2 was measured, suggesting that CELLIANT-infused garments can increase energy to help you wake up refreshed.** 

To read the complete outcomes of CELLIANT’s clinical trials, download the full report here. 

Featured dfnd x CELLIANT products

DFND IR Recovery Sleepwear is highly versatile, consisting of unisex sleep separates infused with CELLIANT infrared technology that increases local circulation and improves cellular oxygenation to support thermoregulation, speed recovery and promote restful sleep. Browse our favorite products below and shop the full collection here. 

CELLIANT® IR Sleepwear Review

The IR-emitting Long Sleeve V-Neck has a comfortably loose fit and is soft on the skin, sure to become your go-to to relax from a hard day or long work out. Whether you run hot or cold, CELLIANT’s thermoregulating qualities will help keep you at the right temperature for better sleep that keeps you feeling refreshed. 

CELLIANT® IR Sleepwear Review

The CELLIANT-infused IR Sleepwear Long John features an elastic waist band and cuffed bottoms for maximum comfort. DFND recommends pairing it with wearable technology to measure your sleep and see the comparison with non-infrared sleepwear. 

CELLIANT® IR Sleepwear Review

The short-sleeve counterpart to the IR Sleepwear Long Sleeve Shirt above, this V Neck is perfect for hot sleepers and anyone looking to level up their sleep. Along with the physiological benefits of thermoregulation and increased comfort, CELLIANT also provides advantageous physical properties to the fabric itself, such as quicker dry time and durability. CELLIANT will not wash out and will last for the entire useful life of the sleepwear, or approximately 50 washes. 


CELLIANT infrared technology is an ideal ingredient for a variety of textile-based sleep solutions, offering a way for brands to add value to their collections, justify price increases for premium products and adopt bio-responsive technology without lengthy in-house research and development. If you are interested in learning more about CELLIANT and how to incorporate it into your own sleep and bedding products, fill out the form below to set up a meeting with our Business Development team. 


*Results not achieved by all subjects in the study. Further studies are warranted before drawing conclusions as to CELLIANT® sleep benefits.

**The present study has added to the body of evidence that suggests that IR-emitting garments can exert real measurable physiological effects and deserves further study for medical indications. 

1CELLIANT Pilot Sleep Study. Dr. Marcel Hungs & Dr. Annabel Wang. University of California. Irvine Medical Center. 2010. 

2Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effects of Far-Infrared Emitting Ceramic Fabric Shirts and Control Polyester Shirts on Transcutaneous PO2. Dr. Ian Gordon et al. Long Beach VA Memorial Hospital. Journal of Textile Science and Engineering. 2014. 




The FDA determined products containing CELLIANT® are medical devices because they are intended to temporarily increase blood flow and local circulation at the site of application in healthy individuals.

The FDA has determined that CELLIANT® products are medical devices as defined in section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are general wellness products.

The FDA has not approved or designated CELLIANT® products for any purpose and has not made any determination about, or endorsement of, its stated use or benefits.
As part of the 513(g) submission process, the FDA reviewed and commented on appropriate health and wellness claims for CELLIANT products.

CELLIANT® is designated as a Class 1 Medical Device in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. CELLIANT® is cleared to market in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, with more countries and regions to follow.

For more information on the FDA classification of a medical device, visit the U.S. FDA site.