Experts share the amazing benefits of weighted blankets.

Scott Gurfein
Updated: 28, July, 2020

Who doesn’t like to be snuggled when they sleep?

Weighted blankets are becoming a popular way to release stress and snooze more soundly.

What are weighted blankets?
Filled with materials like glass beads or poly pellets, weighted blankets are simply blankets that weigh anywhere from 7 to 25 pounds. They are meant to help people relax.

Weighted blanket benefits
Adding one to your bed can offer a sense of calm to your nighttime routine. “Many people like the feeling of pressure against their body and do find this pressure to be quite relaxing,” said Lynelle Schneeberg, a sleep psychologist who is also a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She likens it to a hug or massage and compares it to why we swaddle newborns. “Lying under a heavy blanket can, indeed, be very soothing,” she added.

Do weighted blankets work?
While there is preliminary research that weighted blankets can help increase sleep time, Schneeberg said that it’s unlikely to be the magic bullet for insomnia. Buy one to bliss out, but see a doctor if you are suffering from insomnia.

Weighted blankets for kids
You might consider it for your little ones, too. “Kids who experience stress or anxiety in different situations, or who struggle to fall asleep at night, may find a weighted blanket useful,” said Heather Forst, an occupational therapist at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The pressure they offer may help children with ADHD remain focused when doing schoolwork, and might aid those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, she added.

If you’re thinking about buying one, Schneeberg recommends huddling up under a pile of blankets or quilts to test out how much you like the heavy sensation. 


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