The Benefits of Weighted Blankets for INSOMNIA
Want Better Sleep?
Do you have trouble sleeping? Is anxiety keeping you from relaxing, and getting the essential rest you need? Perhaps you should try a weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets are all the rage in sleep therapy lately. According to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine and Disorders, weighted blankets improved the sleep in four out of five subjects tested.
Do Weighted Blankets Really Work?
The study tested 31 adults with chronic insomnia. Their sleep was tracked for one week with their usual bedding, then two weeks with a weighted blanket. That was followed by one more week with their usual bedding set-up. Four out of five study participants in the group slept longer, and spent less time awake in the middle of the night, while using the weighted blanket. Participants also said they found it easier to settle down to sleep with the weighted blanket. Plus, they reported feeling more refreshed the next morning.
The theory behind weighted blankets is that they work in part by providing firm, deep pressure stimulation. According to Psychology Today, the pressure provides a reassuring and cocooning feeling, and the weighting material inside the blanket produces a stroking, soothing tactile sensation when you move.
Like a hug, a soothing caress can stimulate the release of serotonin and melatonin, decrease anxiety and ultimately leading to sleep. The article went on to cite several other studies that showed weighted blankets help children with ADHD and autism relax and get better sleep.
Ready To Try A Weighted Blanket?
If you’re thinking about giving a weighted blanket a try to improve your sleep, there are some considerations. Experts say a weighted blanket should never be so heavy that it restricts your movement or is difficult to manage. A good rule of thumb is it should weigh 10 percent of your total body weight. Make sure the weight is evenly distributed throughout the whole blanket, and that the fabric dissipates heat easily.