Struggling to fall asleep, stay calm, or keep focused?
A new trend sweeping the sleep sciences might be the solution for you. Weighted blankets are growing in popularity by the day, but how exactly do they work? And how do you tell if one is right for you?
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Weighted blankets use deep touch pressure to simulate the sensation of being held or hugged. This has been shown to increase serotonin and melatonin (Happy and Sleepy, respectively, if hormones were Dwarves) and decrease cortisol (let’s call that one Stressy) – promoting a feeling of calm and relaxation in some users.
IS A WEIGHTED BLANKET RIGHT FOR YOU?
Among those who may find a weighed blanket helpful are people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, ADD and/or ADHD, and those on the Autism Spectrum.
YOUR WEIGHTED BLANKET AND YOU
If a weighted blanket seems like the right choice for you or someone you know, there are a few things to consider when picking yours.
Your weighted blanket should weigh between 7-12% of your body weight. To increase the lifespan of your weighted blanket, use it with a removable cover. Our QE Home Weighted blanket is 12 pounds (5.44 kgs) and comes with a removable cover, equipped with twill ties to keep your blanket in place inside.
A weighted blanket should not be used by anyone under 3 years old, and should never be placed above the shoulders or over the head while sleeping. Never use a weighted blanket as a restraint.