How Does a Weighted Blanket Help Seep?

The use of weighted blankets to help sleep has become a trend, many stores in the market are selling blankets, so behind such a trend, what science is underpinning all this? Weighted Blankets manufacturers and some industry people have revealed the pattern.


Weighted blankets are the newest way to help poor sleepers get a good night's rest. They were first introduced by occupational therapists as treatment for behavioral disorders, but how exactly do they work? The idea is that the pressure from the blanket can increase serotonin, a chemical in your body that makes you feel happy and calm. Experts refer to it as "deep-pressure therapy." It's not intended to cure any medical conditions, but it’s become a popular way for anxiety-suffers, insomniacs, and self-proclaimed "bad sleepers" to get some shut eye. But before we get into our top picks, it's important to note that these blankets shouldn’t be used by anyone that can’t move freely beneath the weight. Though they’re sometimes used as a therapeutic means for children, it’s important to speak with their pediatricians first.

For adults, the blankets themselves are heavy, but not so heavy that you’ll feel like you’re being crushed under them. They aren’t like those x-ray bibs you wear at the dentist’s office either. Instead, the blankets are filled with tiny glass, sand, or plastic beads that feel more like a firm hug — there isn’t much difference between the three types of options, but sand and glass beads tend to be smaller than their plastic counterparts, so you may be less likely to feel the individual pellets when cozying up.

The Good Housekeeping Institute’s top pick is the Sleep Number Relaxation. This is the blanket Senior Textile Analyst Lexie Sachs uses at home and reviewers loved how cozy and relaxing the included microfiber cover was too. One said it was "so comfy, I feel asleep when I wasn't even tired!" 

One thing you should know about weighted blankets: they’re pricier than regular throw blankets — most range from $100 to $200. To learn which ones are worth your money, the Textiles Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute looked at five samples from brands they trust and companies that have rave reviews online. They considered the materials used, weight distribution (so the beads don’t just clump to each side), innovative features like cooling materials, and washability. Then, they sent them home with consumer testers to try them out for added feedback. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Sleep Number’s Relaxation, info on four more weighted blankets we loved, and finally, how to pick the best weight for your needs.

Stick with the Sleep Number Relaxation if you want a weighted blanket that’s extra-cozy. Online reviewers raved that the warm microfiber cover kept them from having to crank the heat during cold winter months on top of relieving their stress and anxiety. It gets high marks from the Lab for its fabric construction, which keeps glass pellets evenly distributed and has smart-ties to keep the outer cover in place. The insert isn’t machine washable, but most weighted blankets aren’t and reviewers said they had no issues removing the outer cover when it needed to be cleaned. You'll be able to choose a grey, navy, or cream outer cover and 15, 20, or 25 lbs. of weight.

The weighted blanket is doing its magic, not just for sleepless people, but also for anxious people, children with ADHD, restless leg syndrome, and so on. In the future it will also show greater market potential.One has to lament the power of technology.

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