Cozy blanket season is in full swing, and if you’re looking to add to your collection, you might consider a weighted blanket. Notorious for helping insomniacs and anxiety-sufferers, this popular product is worth all the hype. Weighted blankets can be a pricey purchase, but if you’re on the fence about it, let this be your sign to go for it.
For starters, a weighted blanket — if you’ve never used one — is a heavy blanket filled with tiny glass beads or sand. Some come with removable, washable covers, and some do not and need to be spot-cleaned.
Statistics have shown weighted blankets may benefit adults with anxiety, insomnia or depression, kids with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD. (They are not recommended for babies.) One study suggests that the deep-touch pressure from the blanket increases serotonin in your body, causing you to feel happier and more calm.
Experts say to use one that is roughly 10 percent of your body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, a 15-pound blanket is suggested. For an 80-pound child, an 8-pound blanket would be recommended. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you, it’s always better to go with a lower weight, just in case. While therapeutic for children, it’s important for young kids to be supervised while using one for safety purposes. You might check with your pediatrician first.
I can attest to the benefits of a weighted blanket. I sleep so much better when I use mine. In fact, it’s harder to get out of bed in the morning because I’m so much more relaxed and comfortable. It has even helped my son fall asleep quickly countless times when he’s extra antsy. I’ve compared how I feel the next morning when I sleep without it to how I feel after using it, and there is a major difference.
Target, Kohl’s and Walmart carry weighted blankets, or you may choose to order one of the several highly rated brands from Amazon. Research your favorites and find the right fit for you.