In today’s world, we’re always on the go. Our hectic schedules and use of technology can leave us restless at night, meaning we struggle to get to sleep. Some even say a weighted blanket helps to manage stress, anxiety, depression and physical ailments, and promotes relaxation.
For a soothing addition to your bed or couch, a weighted blanket could be just the product for you. Read on to learn more about choosing the best weighted blanket for you, including how heavy your weighted blanket should be.
When were weighted blankets invented?
A form of deep-pressure therapy, weighted blankets have been used in research since the 1990s. In 2017, they hit mainstream popularity and are now used by many who claim the heavy blankets promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.
Bamboo Weighted Blanket (11kg), $176 (usually $220), from Ecosa
What are weighted blankets made from?
Most weighted blankets consist of a weighted filling and an outer cover. The weighted filling gives the blanket its heaviness and often consists of tiny beads or pellets made from glass, plastic or metal.
The filling is distributed evenly in compartments or pockets to streamline the weight and minimise clumping. The outer cover of a weighted blanket is usually made from durable fabric that is soft against the skin, for example, cotton or polyester.
Why are weighted blankets so comforting?
Many users of weighted blankets say they provide comfort and security. The weight pressure mimics a gentle, comforting hug-like sensation that may aid the nervous system and release the ‘feel-good’ hormone serotonin. Therefore, many believe that a heavy blanket is helpful for anyone wanting to enhance their overall mood and wellbeing. And If you’re wondering whether it’s ok to sleep with a weighted blanket every night, the answer is yes.
KOO Elite Weighted Blanket (9.07kg), $59 (usually $170), from Spotlight
Weighted Blanket (9kg), $144 (usually $169), from Oodie
What are the benefits of weighted blankets?
Some use weighted blankets to manage stress, anxiety and depression or for physical ailments like chronic pain, fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome. The gentle pressure is also said to help decrease heart rate and blood pressure, leading to a more relaxed state of mind.
How heavy should a weighted blanket be?
As the name suggests, weighted blankets are designed to be heavier than regular blankets. They generally weigh between five and 30 pounds. When choosing your blanket weight, it’s recommended to select one around 10% of your body weight. For example, Ecosa’s blanket comes in 7kg, 9kg and 11kg weights.
M&S Collection Weighted Blanket (5.4kg), $189, from Marks and Spencer
Ovela Sherpa Weighted Blanket (11kg), $135, from Kogan
How do I wash a weighted blanket?
Most weighted blankets will have a detachable cover that goes in the washing machine. Otherwise, a delicate wash in cold water will keep the padding intact and prevent damage to the weighted filling. Ensure you read the care instructions to preserve your blanket (and washing machine!).
Hand Woven Weighted Blanket (9kg), $199 (usually $399), from Calming Blankets
Weighted Blanket (7kg), $292 (usually $390), from Winkl
Where can I buy a weighted blanket in NZ?
For a durable blanket that can also double as a bed or couch throw, we recommend you check out Winkl, Ecosa, Spotlight and Calming Blankets (which sells this gorgeous handwoven design in an array of colours).
If you’re craving extra comfort in your life, a weighted blanket could be just the thing to help you feel grounded and relaxed. Why not treat yourself and experience the comfort and cosiness of a weighted blanket today?