For many people, weighted blankets have become a routine part of stress relief and healthy sleep habits.
With the changes to all our lifestyles due to the pandemic, it seems that more people are experiencing anxiety and the resultant difficulty in sleeping.
Research suggests weighted blankets may benefit people with anxiety, stress, insomnia and other conditions.
They can provide comfort that helps relaxation, improve sleep and reduce panic attacks.
What is a weighted blanket?
As the name suggests a weighted blanket is very much like a regular blanket, but much heavier.
They are typically filled with small beads and made from cotton or velvet type material for softness.
They can also come with separate covers which can be removed and washed.
What are the benefits of weighted blankets?
Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh about 5KG or more.
The pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation that uses hands-on pressure to relax the nervous system.
Weighted blankets provide the same type of pressure when the blanket is wrapped around the body.
This comforting pressure, which can be likened to a hug, is said to release feel-good hormones, such as serotonin, helping reduce nervous system activity and provide a warm feeling of well being.
15 Benefits of weighted blankets
List of 15 benefits of weighted blankets
- Better Sleep
- Reduces Anxiety
- Reduces Stress Levels
- Pain Relief
- Fibromyalgia side effect relief
- Reduces Autism restlessness.
- Benefits of Hugging
- Mood Improvement
- OCD symptoms reduction
- Reduces sensory overload
- PTSD night terrors
- Improves Restless Leg Syndrome
How much does a weighted blanket actually weigh?
Weighted blankets should typically be between 7% to 12% of your body weight according to research by Dr Nauf Albendar, though they are not recommended for young children.
Where to find a weighted blanket?
Many shops in the UK supply weighted blankets and they can also be purchased online.
- Kudd.ly weight blankets
- Mela weighted blanket
- John Lewis weighted blanket
- Remy Sleep weighted blanket
- Simba weighted blanket
- Sommio knitted weighted blanket
- Silentnight Wellbeing Weighted Blanket
Which conditions can be helped by weight blankets?
- Chronic Pain
Find out more about weighted blankets
Where can I buy a weighted blanket?
Many shops and online stores sell weight blankets including
John Lewis Weighted Blanket 4.5 KG
The John Lewis weighted blanket is described as
With a special weighty filling to create a reassuringly cosy feel and even pressure across your body. Wrap around your shoulders, across your lap or legs. Designed to help reduce restlessness and aid relaxation.John Lewis