Weighted blankets. They’ve gained popularity in the last few years due to their therapeutic benefits… a cozy addition to our bedrooms that have a remarkable impact on ones wellbeing.

What is a weighted blanket?blanket

A weighted blanket is heavier than a regular blanket. They’re usually either knitted or duvet style.

Duvet style weighted blankets add weight using plastic or glass beads, ball bearings, or other heavy fill. Knitted blankets are woven using dense yarn.

You can use a blanket anywhere you like to relax: a bed, sofa etc.

They work by using deep pressure stimulation to induce a feeling of calm. “In the same way as a hug or a baby’s swaddle, the gentle pressure of a weighted blanket may help ease symptoms and improve sleep for people with insomnia, anxiety, or autism,” https://www.sleepfoundation.org/

Let’s dive into the soothing benefits of a weighted blanket and why it might work for you.

It can enhance your mood and overall wellbeing

The boost in serotonin and dopamine can help combat symptoms of depression and overall enhance your emotional state. Plus, being tucked under a cozy blanket can create a cozy, secure feeling… a comforting refuge.

It could reduce anxiety and stress

Weighted blankets provide deep touch pressure: this mimics the feeling or being hugged or held. This gentle pressure can help stimulate the production of serotonin and dopamine, two “feel-good” neurotransmitters, and reduces the production of cortisol, the stress hormone. The result? You’ll feel relaxed and calm!

It could improve sleep

Weighted blankets have been working well for people who struggle with sleep disorders. They promote a sense of security, helping people to feel asleep faster and even stay asleep longer…. Getting that much coveted uninterrupted sleep.

It could help with sensory issues

Research has found that weighted blankets are beneficial for people with sensory processing disorders, autism and ADHD. This is because the gentle pressure helps to regulate sensory input and proves a comforting, grounding sensation. This can result in a reduction of restlessness, improved focus and better management of sensory overload.

2021 study by Swedish researchers, found weighted blankets helped adults and children with autism spectrum disorder or ADHD to fall asleep and stay asleep.

It can relieve muscle tension and pain

The deep pressure from the weighted blanket can help to relieve muscle tension and help to promote relaxation. People suffering from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis may find that the blanket can alleviate some discomfort and encourage better sleep.

It could help with Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomia

Got a sleep related condition, insomnia or restless leg syndrome?

Weighted blankets may help as the gentle pressure can help alleviate discomfort and restlessness that often leads to sleepless nights plague these individuals, allowing for more peaceful nights of sleep.

Weighted blankets are safe and non-invasive

What’s also great about this wellbeing tool is it doesn’t involve anything invasive or any sort of medication… it can be used by all ages and has no side effects. If it works for you – that’s great!

Always choose an appropriate weight that is around 10% of your body weight for maximum effectiveness.

It is unsuitable for toddlers under two years old as it may increase the risk of suffocation. You may also want to avoid weighted blankets if you have obstructive sleep apnea, asthma or claustrophobia.

Weighted blankets can be a wonderful addition to any self-care routine.

Whether you’re looking to alleviate stress, manage sensory issues, or simply enhance your overall quality of life, a weighted blanket might just be the warm, comforting answer you’ve been seeking.

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Kudd.ly Therapeutic Weighted Blanket

Looking to try out a weighted blanket for yourself? Kudd.ly have a lovely selection of weighted blankets for you to choose from!

It’s…

  • Lovely quality – its double sided so you can either use the warmer or cooler side, depending on the season. It also feels so lovely and soft.
  • The weighted blanket feels balanced: the weight is evenly distributed throughout the blanket
  • You can choose from two colours depending on your preference, blue or grey, as well as two sizes too: standard and king size.
  • You can choose the weight that works for you: I use the 6.8 kg one, but you can get a lighter one at 4kg and 9kg too.

Would you try a weighted blanket to help improve your wellbeing?

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