Not only cozy, warm, and supremely snuggly, but weighted blankets have also become hugely popular as a way to reduce anxiety and to promote sleep. Like a big bear-hug, the weighted blanket stimulates deep touch receptors all over your body which can create a feeling of intense calm and security in many people!
Are They For Real?
Weighted blankets have long been used by therapists as a tool for helping patients to relieve stress, sleep disorders and anxiety.
According to a published study*:
• 33% of people using a weighted blanket had decreases in nervous system overactivity
• 63% reported lower anxiety
• 78% preferred the weighted blanket as a tool to relieve anxiety over any therapeutic option
How It Works:
The concept behind the blanket taps into 'proprioception' which is essentially the body's ability to receive input through receptors in our skin, muscles and joints that send information to our brain via the nervous system so that the body can sense itself. The added weight of the blanket tells your brain about your body's position in space, allowing it to unwind and enjoy a blissful, soothing sensation.
Slip under the blanket while you watch TV, over your knees on car rides or on your bed for a deep, restful slumber. Said to increase mood, focus and relaxation it has also been suggested that weighted blankets can assist with sensory processing disorder (SPD), ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, restless leg syndrome or any other condition that can affect mood.
The blankets are intended for people approx 50 kilos and over and those strong enough to lift them. Please see IMPORTANT NOTES below - then....well....lie back and RELAX!
- Minky fabric:180gsm
- Sherpa fabric:220gsm
- Lining fabric:80gsm microfiber fabric
- Batting filling,0.8-1.2mm glass beads
NOT for use with infants or young children, or those who cannot lift the blanket weight unaided. Never roll a child up in this blanket.
This blanket is recommended for adults weighing 50kg or more.
Avoid draping the blanket down the sides of the bed, as gravity will pull it down towards the floor.
This product is not intended for use as a medical device and any benefits discussed above are not guaranteed.
Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professionals with any questions you may have regarding your health and/or medical condition/s.
*Research source: study from the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: ‘Exploring the Safety and Therapeutic Effects of Deep Pressure Stimulation Using a Weighted Blanket’ (pages 65-89; Published 08 Sep 2008)