At the End of the Year, Weighted Blankets Are One of the Best Gifts
Time flies, 2018 is coming to an end. After Thanksgiving, people look forward to Christmas and the arrival of the New year. At the same time, it is the custom of many people to prepare a gift. What gift should I choose this year? Weighted blankets are a good choice. It can have a good effect on insomnia, anxiety, so that you get the best sleep.
Where can you find the nicest scarf? Who makes the best wool slippers? Every year, around this time — like holiday classics on the radio — certain gifts become popular all over again. To determine the very best versions of those gifts, we’re talking to experts, adding our own opinions, and even testing products ourselves to find the absolute best (along with several runners-up).
While occupational therapists have used weighted blankets for years to treat patients with sensory processing or autism spectrum disorders, it wasn’t until the introduction of the widely popular Weighted Blanket that they became mainstream options for dealing with occasional insomnia or everyday anxiety. And with more than enough to be anxious about in the world today, it’s not surprising that these blankets are in high demand. According to a sales manager at the Austin-based Mosaic Weighted Blankets, the company’s staff has ballooned from 5 to 30 people since 2016, and their sewing force has quadrupled. It’s likely that weighted blankets will be one of the most popular gifts this holiday season.
Dr. Raj Dasgupta, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, compares sleep to a puzzle, with factors like light, temperature, sound, and physical comfort as the pieces. It’s with that last puzzle-piece that weighted blankets make a difference. “People want that snuggly effect,” he says. Dasgupta explains that while there hasn’t been a perfect, double-blind study (there’s no version of a weighted blanket you’re oblivious to sleeping under), self-reported questionnaires support claims that weighted blankets may prolong sleep times and relieve anxiety.
With weighted blankets surging in popularity, there are now lots of options to choose from. To find out which one is truly the best to gift, we consulted with sleep experts and tested out a few on our own. Ideally, a weighted blanket should weigh in at around 10 percent of the user’s bodyweight in order to provide enough heft without being uncomfortable, but for adults there’s some more wiggle room (around 8 to 12 percent is generally fine), in case you’d rather not ask your giftee their post-Thanksgiving weight.
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