Buying Guide – How to Shop for a Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets — which may weigh anywhere from five to 30 pounds — are significantly heavier than standard quilts.
This guide will explore how weighted blankets work, some common design features and our tips for shoppers.
How does a weighted blanket work
Weighted blankets work in a way that's similar to an OT technique called deep touch pressure therapy (DTP). Pressure on the body can increase the release of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is sometimes called the “happy” chemical because it creates a sense of calm and well-being.
Weighted Blanket Benefits
What is inside a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets are exactly what they sound like — they're heavy blankets (typically 15 pounds or more) filled with a material such as plastic pellets. The theory is that the deep pressure you feel from being under all of that weight has a calming effect.
Weighted blankets help people sleep better in the following ways:
Reduces cortisol levels: Grounding reduces the production of > cortisol, a steroid hormone triggered by stressful situations. While cortisol is not necessarily bad, nighttime cortisol production can counteract the production of melatonin, which can, in turn, have a negative effect on sleep quality.
Helps produce more melatonin: Natural light triggers melatonin, causing us to feel more tired at night and more wakeful the next morning. People with insomnia tend to produce less melatonin, leading to problems with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance. As a result, those who use weighted blankets for insomnia and other disorders linked to low melatonin production often experience notable sleep improvements.
Triggers happiness hormones: Grounding triggers the release of serotonin, dopamine, and other ‘happiness hormones’ that calm the nervous system and make people feel more relaxed. Weighted blankets also promote the production of oxytocin, a hormone released during hugging.
Reduces sleepwalking episodes: Interrupted or inefficient sleep can cause sleepwalking in adults and children. Weighted blankets cause people to feel more relaxed before falling asleep, which often leads to deeper sleep and more restful nights. As a result, weighted blankets can be very helpful for sleepwalkers – particularly toddlers and young children.
How should you choose your own weighted blanket?
When it comes to finding your own weighted blanket, there are several factors to consider. First, you want a blanket that’s roughly 10 percent of your body weight.
For example, for someone who weighs 150 pounds, a 15-pound blanket would be best. If you fall in between the standard weights of blankets, it’s better to choose the heavier option.
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