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Do weighted blankets work?

Do weighted blankets work?

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.

Others have suggested that they can help sufferers of Fibromyalgia and Autism.

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

  1. Better Sleep
  2. Reduces Anxiety
  3. Reduces Stress Levels
  4. Pain Relief
  5. Insomnia
  6. Fibromyalgia side effect relief
  7. Reduces Autism restlessness.
  8. Benefits of Hugging
  9. Mood Improvement
  10. OCD symptoms reduction
  11. Reduces sensory overload
  12. PTSD night terrors
  13. 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.

Which conditions can be helped by weight blankets?

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoarthritis

Find out more about weighted blankets

Bearaby Guide to 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

Find out more about the John Lewis weighted blanket

List of weighted blankets for sale

Brentford Weighted Blankets

Brentfords Weighted Blanket 8kg for Adults Therapy Anti Anxiety Autism Insomnia Stress Relief, King Size – Silver Grey – 150 x 200cm

Bedsure Weighted Blankets

BEDSURE Weighted Blanket for Adults – 6.8 KG Double Heavy Blanket Cover for Autism, 150x200cm

Higham Weighted Blankets

Highams Weighted Blanket 8kg for Adults Therapy Anxiety Calming Sleep Effect Quilted Glass Beads, Double King Size – 150 x 200cm