Snuggling under a weighted blanket is all the rage right now… but, are they all they’re cracked up to be?
In short… YES! And, science is behind them 100%.
I have to admit, before Sonno Zona contacted me, I’d not really paid much attention to them. I mean…I’d heard of them, of course, but not really felt like I needed one or that I was the target market.
Well, long story short, I was wrong. I LOVE my weighted blanket!
Frankly, the whole experience has been wonderful, from talking with the people in the company (y’all know I’m a stickler for customer service!!) to the quality of the product, and the fast shipment. What’s not to love?
Everything was very well packaged, and it even came in a color that goes with my decor.
You know when you buy a blanket or comforter and take it out of the plastic and there is that plastic-y smell? This one didn’t have that.
Ever have your comforter get rumpled up in the duvet? There’s a tie to keep this one in place. Seriously. Quality.
And for an added bonus that I hadn’t considered, my fitness watch gave me 6% activity for shaking this 15 lb blanket around wiggling it into place, and I didn’t even break a sweat!
A testament to how fast it works; today, after all my selfie taking for this article, I left the blanket on our bed. My husband comes home from work, and as he does every day, shouts “hello” from the door. I expected him to eventually come into the office and tell me about his day, but 20 minutes goes by and I still hadn’t seen him. So I go searching. Where is he? Fast asleep under the weighted blanket, lol!
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So What Does A Weighted Blanket Do Anyway?
The real question is, what doesn’t a weighted blanked do for you?
Reported and Researched Benefits Include:
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased depression
- Comforting and Calming Effect/ Stress Relief
- Lower rate of insomnia
- Feels like a warm hug, which can increase serotonin
- Has shown to help with Autism
- Helps children with ADHD have better focus
- Reduces Restlessness
- Excellent for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – Proven to help with the anxiety and sensory issues that affect sleeplessness with ASD
“That feeling of being held from a weighted blanket encourages your body to produce oxytocin, which can relieve pain and stress while boosting your immune system”
Who shouldn’t use a weighted blanket?
As in most things, this isn’t a one size fits all. Individuals with the following conditions should avoid using a weighted blanket
- Infants and toddlers (suffocation is a major concern)
- Sleep Apnea
- Poor circulation and/or blood pressure issues
I wasn’t able to find any scientific articles as to WHY diabetics and people with circulation problems shouldn’t use a weighted blanket. However, someone was able to explain it to me…The reason is the weighted blanket restricts circulation a bit more, so people with circulatory conditions, including diabetics, wouldn’t want to further restrict circulation
“A study from 2015 found that after 32 adults used a 30-pound blanket, 63% reported lower anxiety and 78% preferred the weighted blanket to calm down”
How To Pick A Weighted Blanket
The guidelines are pretty simple. For adults weighted blankets usually start at about 10 pounds and increase up to 20 or more depending on the brand.
Adults should choose a blanket with about 10% of their weight.
The guideline for children is 10% of the weight plus 2 pounds. Children under 10 should only use a weighted blanket with supervision and a doctor’s recommendation.
“Because I couldn’t physically move as much, I noticed that my thoughts weren’t racing as much either.”
- American Journal of Occupational Therapy
- The National Sleep Foundation
- Dr Axe
- Autism Parenting Magazine