The Lowdown on Weighted Blankets

Anxiety. Stress. Restless nights. Feeling chilly. Is it possible there’s one thing that could help with all these issues? A weighted blanket might just be your new best friend.

Weighted blankets have long been used by therapists and psychiatrists for their patients, but in recent years they’ve become mainstream. Weighted blankets, or gravity blankets, are blankets with extra weight in them, as the name suggests. Weight is typically added to the blanket with plastic pellets, glass beads or rice. The ideal weight is about 10% of your body weight.

How do they work? Weighted blankets have been shown to increase the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle, through sensory stimulation. Increased melatonin leads to increased serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness, which can help you fall asleep faster and more easily. Weighted blankets recreate the weight of someone holding you while you sleep, and research shows that they help alleviate anxiety. They can also help you stay asleep throughout the night.

Weighted blankets reportedly help create focus for adults or kids with ADHD, as well as help alleviate restless leg syndrome and symptoms of PTSD and improve your mood. You should also look for blankets that weigh between 10 and 25 pounds, depending on your body weight. Infants and young children should not use weighted blankets due to safety concerns. If you have issues falling asleep or staying asleep, a weighted blanket might be a comfy solution for you.

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