Are you dreaming of falling asleep wrapped up in a hug, stress-free, and ready to catch some zzz’s?
Dreams really do come true thanks to weighted blankets!
But what do weighted blankets do? Weighted blankets are filled with small glass or plastic beads, making them heavier than the quilts or blankets you’re used to. Available in varying weight amounts, weighted blankets release happiness hormones like dopamine and serotonin and encourage the production of melatonin to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
The Best Weighted Blanket
Gravity Weighted Blanket
As the Top-Rated Weighted Blanket in 2019 by Mattress Advisor, the Gravity Weighted blanket is available in 15, 20, and 25 lb weight options to best fit your weighted needs. The added weight is designed to mimic the feeling of a hug to relax your nervous system.
The Gravity Weighted Blanket is filled with glass pellets in a careful, gridded stitch pattern to allow for even weight distribution and to avoid the glass pellets from bunching in one area. The cover is made of 100% cotton with no latex or synthetic fibers, helping to keep your allergies away and not irritate your sensitive skin. The fabric is soft and breathable to hopefully prevent you from waking up in a sweat.
To avoid annoying bunching, the Gravity Blanket comes equipped with two internal clasps, ties and elastic-button connectors, inside of the duvet cover to make sure the weighted insert remains in place. But just as easily as you can secure it, you can also quickly detach it to toss the cover in the washing machine. You can hand-wash the weighted insert and allow it to air dry for a restful night’s sleep ahead.
- Anyone Struggling With Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, or Chronic Pain
- Those With ADHD or Autism
- Anyone Who Gets Hot at Night Thanks to the Breathable Fabric
Buying Guide: How to Shop for a Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets are soaring in popularity thanks to their ability to lower stress and improve sleep. In fact, weighted blankets have become nearly synonymous with reducing anxiety and helping to promote a better night’s rest.
How Do Weighted Blankets Work?
Weighted blankets range in weight from five to thirty pounds and are filled with tiny pellets, beads, or discs to add the perfect amount of weight to gently hug you to sleep. This “hug” provides moderate pressure known as “grounding,” which triggers the release of your happiness hormones—serotonin and dopamine. These happiness hormones are responsible for providing you with a calming sensation to control and improve your sleep cycle. Weighted blankets also encourage the production of melatonin, which gives you the sleepy feeling you need to quickly fall asleep.
A weighted blanket creates deep pressure stimulation to alleviate the stress and anxiety that gets in the way of a good night’s rest. They are far more effective at helping you sleep than standard blankets, comforters, or quilts due to the evenly distributed weighted glass pellets that create exactly the right amount of pressure at all times for your maximum comfort.
If you’ve ever wondered, “Do weighted really blankets work?” The answer is absolutely. In fact, doctors and dentists rely on weighted blankets to help calm their patients before, during, and after procedures.
The Benefits of Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets are a natural way to improve your sleep quality and lower your stress levels.
Specifically, weighted blankets have been proven to help you go to sleep by doing the following:
- Calming Your Nervous System. Weighted blankets help to relax your nervous system by producing oxytocin, which is the same hormone that’s released when you receive a hug. When oxytocin is produced and your nervous system is relaxed, weighted blankets have even been known to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome.
- Fighting Insomnia. Weighted blankets help the body produce melatonin, which is especially helpful for people who struggle with insomnia. Insomnia is linked with lower production of melatonin. By increasing melatonin, you’re less likely to struggle with insomnia and can fall asleep naturally.
- Lowering Stress. Weighted blankets lower your body’s production of cortisol—a hormone triggered by stress. While cortisol is a natural response to stress and can be helpful in a situation where fight or flight is necessary, it is not beneficial at night when you’re trying to sleep. Weighted blankets lower cortisol at night, removing the feelings associated with anxiety and enabling you to feel a necessary sense of calm that allows you to relax into rest.
- Increasing Your Comfort. Due to your body’s natural temperature regulation and how cool or warm you typically prefer to sleep, you can choose between covers made from natural fibers like the Gravity Blanket (such as cotton or wool) to sleep cooler or synthetic fibers (such as polyester) to sleep warmer. Selecting a soft and comfortable weighted blanket will help you achieve the ultimate level of comfort and catch the zzz’s you deserve.
What Size Weighted Blanket Do You Need?
One thing you’ll want to consider is what size weighted blanket is best based on your body weight. Adults are most comfortable with a weighted blanket that is approximately 10% of their body weight. However, if you weigh 170 pounds for example and are unable to find a blanket that weighs 17 pounds exactly, experts suggest you go heavier—not lighter—for the best results, meaning a 20-pound blanket would be perfectly acceptable.
Weighted blankets come in ranging weight sizes, so one option is to buy a larger blanket and then adjust the weight by folding the blanket to reach your desired pressure.
|Body Weight||Blanket Weight|
|100 – 120 pounds||10 to 12 pounds|
|120 – 140 pounds||12 to 14 pounds|
|140 – 160 pounds||14 to 16 pounds|
|160 – 180 pounds||16 to 18 pounds|
|180 – 200 pounds||18 to 20 pounds|
|200 – 220 pounds||20 to 22 pounds|
|220+||22 to 30 pounds|
Common Design Features of Weighted Blankets
Here are some additional design features to consider:
- Cleaning: How do you wash a weighted blanket? Some weighted blankets are machine washable while others come with a removable cover that can easily be thrown in the washing machine. Keep in mind that most machine-washable blankets still come with a recommendation to dry clean, and blankets weighing 10-pounds or more need to be washed in a commercial machine. So when looking for the right blanket, think about how you want to clean it when the time comes. The Gravity Weighted Blanket has a detachable cover similar to a duvet cover that makes machine washing a breeze. You can hand wash and air dry the weighted insert to easily clean your new-found sleep best friend.
- Padding: Weighted blankets come in all shapes and sizes, and most have a unique form of fabric padding to create a cushion between the beads and the body, providing you with additional comfort. The Gravity Weighted Blanket has a 100% cotton cover to create a comfortable sleeping environment without irritating your skin or causing your allergies to flare up.
Pros and Cons of Weighted Blankets
While the pros of using a weighted blanket outweigh the cons, it’s worth considering both.
|Boosts the production of hormones—such as serotonin and dopamine—that aid in relaxation and sleep||Children eight years and younger should only use after consulting with a doctor|
|Fights insomnia by aiding in the production of melatonin, which encourages sleep||If you struggle with claustrophobia, you may discover that the extra weight creates stress|
|Provides a calming sensation by encouraging the production of oxytocin, which lowers anxiety and stress||Weight provided by the blanket can make it difficult to take when traveling|
To ease everyday anxiety and stress, give the Gravity Weighted Blanket a try. The deep touch pressure stimulation of the blanket encourages the production of serotonin and melatonin.
What could be better than falling asleep with the feeling of a hug? Grab your Gravity Blanket, tuck yourself in, and drift off to dreamland.
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