If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep you may have heard there are some benefits of a weighted blanket for sleep issues.
This is very true, weighted blankets can help you sleep better.
They can also help with a number of other issues, such as restless leg syndrome, relieving stress and anxiety, sensory disorders, and much more.
In this article, I will explain how weighted blankets work. How to choose the best weighted blanket, and why they might be the solution to your sleeping issues.
How Do Weighted Blankets Work?
Weighted blankets have actually been around for hundreds of years and there is nothing new or complicated about how they work – which is what makes them so special.
They are basically blankets made with soft fabric and filled with a soft material to give them some added weight.
They come in different weights, but the rule of thumb is to use a blanket that weight about 10% of your body weight.
The weight of the blanket provides a pressure touch stimulation for your body, while not feeling restricting or uncomfortable.
Quite the opposite, when you sleep under a weighted blanket you’ll feel more secure and snuggly than a light blanket.
This little extra weight also stimulates our bodies to naturally produce more endorphins and serotonin. Two chemicals that help us feel calm and relaxed, which means better quality sleep.
This is why nervous sleepers or people with anxiety in particular find sleeping under a weighted blanket more beneficial, as well as comforting.
Why Use a Weighted Blanket?
The two main reasons why people choose to use weighted blankets are:
- Because they want/need to improve their quality of sleep (due to various reasons).
- Because they want a natural solution (i.e not using medicine or more invasive methods).
There are some other ways to improve your sleep naturally. Essential oils and aromatherapy are very effective, you can take a look at your diet, how much you exercise, and other lifestyle choices.
But using a weighted blanket is undeniably one of the easiest ways and has a wide range of benefits while providing you a comfy, snuggly, blanket to sleep under.
Are Weighted Blankets Safe for Adults (Any Risks)?
There are no major risks to be concerned about when using a weighted blanket. As a general rule you should use a blanket that is around 10% of your body weight, some therapists may even recommend a couple of extra lbs, but that should be the limit.
Some additional safety tips include:
- Don’t sleep under a weighted blanket covering your face and head.
- They are not recommended for small children. Only use with children when advised by a healthcare professional.
- Do not add additional weight or use more than one weighted blanket at a time.
- Make sure you can easily lift and remove the blanket.
- Periodically check your blanket for wear and tear.
- Keep the blanket away from heat sources, flames, or anything that will damage it.
Along with all the benefits of helping you sleep better, weighted blankets are inexpensive, easy to use, and feel great.
There are few other ways you can improve the quality of your sleep naturally, I always recommend friends they give one a try if they mention they aren’t sleeping as well as they’d like.