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Do Weighted Blankets Really Help You Sleep?

September 7, 2020

Weighted blankets - many swear by them as the secret to beating insomnia. But how are these blankets supposed to work?

Weighted blankets are designed to provide light pressure across your body, mimicking the feeling of being hugged. This ‘deep pressure stimulation’ may help users to feel calmer and more secure, resulting in a better night’s sleep. These have been used for a long time as a sleep aid and anxiety reducer for those suffering from ASD, ADHD and other sensory processing disorders. A study from the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders in 2015 showed that weighted blankets could help those with insomnia, by increasing sleep time and decreasing activity during sleep. In the study, users reported feeling more settled at night, and refreshed in the morning. Through creating a secure feeling, these weighted blankets can help improve sleep quality for many people. However, these weighted blankets may be unsuitable for people with obstructive sleep apnoea, asthma, and claustrophobia.

For those suffering from insomnia, adding a weighted blanket to your usual sleep routine may help you get a calmer night’s sleep – you can find Best in Rest’s new weighted blanket here for only $220: https://bit.ly/3igoaDh. But don’t forget to keep up other important sleep hygiene practices – keeping regular bedtimes, switching off technology, exercising during the day and making sure your bedroom is a suitable environment for sleep.