Do you have trouble sleeping? Is anxiety keeping you from relaxing, and getting the essential rest you need? Perhaps you should try a weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets are all the rage in sleep therapy lately. According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, weighted blankets improved the sleep in four out of five subjects tested.
The study tested 31 adults with chronic insomnia. Their sleep was tracked for one week with their usual bedding, then two weeks with a weighted blanket. That was followed by one more week with their usual bedding set-up. Four out of five study participants in the group slept longer, and spent less time awake in the middle of the night, while using the weighted blanket. Participants also said they found it easier to settle down to sleep with the weighted blanket. Plus, they reported feeling more refreshed the next morning.
The theory behind weighted blankets is that they work in part by providing firm, deep pressure stimulation. According to Psychology Today, the pressure provides a reassuring and cocooning feeling, and the weighting material inside the blanket produces a stroking, soothing tactile sensation when you move.
Like a hug, a soothing caress can stimulate the release of serotonin and melatonin, decrease anxiety and ultimately leading to sleep. The article went on to cite several other studies that showed weighted blankets help children with ADHD and autism relax and get better sleep.
If you’re thinking about giving a weighted blanket a try to improve your sleep, there are some considerations. Experts say a weighted blanket should never be so heavy that it restricts your movement or is difficult to manage. A good rule of thumb is it should weigh about 10 percent of your total body weight. Make sure the weight is evenly distributed throughout the whole blanket, and that the fabric dissipates heat easily.
Ready to give it a try? Check out Weighting Comforts, a small family-owned company out of Nashville, Tennessee. They come in quilted cotton or flannel, and there are three weights to choose from. Each weighted blanket is made from premium fabrics with polypropylene pellets sewn into in individual pockets for even weight distribution.
Right now, you can take $50 off Weighting Comforts’ new CoolMax collection with the code VDAY50. Available in white or grey, CoolMax blankets come in 15, 20, and 25 pound varieties. Prices start at $269.
Check out the full line of Weighting Comforts CoolMax weighted blankets here.