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Weighted blankets: what are they?

It's all in the name "weighted blanket": these are heavier blankets than normal models. It was an occupational therapist who came up with the idea of creating this type of blanket in 1999, for patients with physical and psychological traumas. These blankets used a special padding that incorporates glass beads evenly distributed over the entire surface of the blanket to increase its weight, but in a uniform manner. The benefits of these very special blankets, however, will soon prove to be just as attractive for the general public, and their popularity will surpass that of the simple medical field. Here are some of their advantages:

They make you feel safe.

That's the first benefit you'll feel when you try one. They “weigh you down”, but they don't stop you from moving if you choose the right model. The result is a feeling of protection with that extra weight around you, which can make the blanket feel like a wraparound barrier. In addition, this type of blanket is usually made of very soft outer materials, which reinforces this feeling of comfort. These blankets still limit your movements with their heaviness, so you feel as if we were hugging you like a big comforting hug!

Woman sleeping on the left side with a weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets improve sleep and reduce anxiety/stress.

But the advantage of these blankets goes beyond the subjective feelings of safety and comfort. These blankets use the scientific method of “Deep Touch Pressure” (DTP), which is based on deep pressure stimulation. Through this principle, favored by the extra weight of these blankets, your body will naturally secrete serotonin, endorphins and melatonin, all substances involved in the regulation of sleep. This same principle of stimulation by deep pressure also decreases the level of cortisol, which controls the way we react to stress. It also induces the production of oxytocin, which is known to reduce blood pressure and heartbeat, in addition to acting as a relaxant.

Finally, by their action, weighted blankets, also known as "gravity blankets", help us sleep better and reduce stress.

Lady sleeping under an heavy blanket

Weighted blankets help provide relief for major medical conditions.

These blankets also have an extremely positive impact in the case of major medical conditions, some of which are incurable, such as autism. Indeed, according to Harvard, one of the methods that has accumulated more and more evidence for people prone to this condition is massage or therapies involving touch. And in studies reviewed by the prestigious university, this type of therapy, which directly includes DTP, has also induced a reduction in cortisol while increasing the amount of the neurotransmitters’ serotonin and dopamine. Since these are important for regulating mood, gestures and impulses, the blankets therefore help to better manage symptoms in people with a condition related to the autism spectrum.

It’s also a great tool for calming irritated, overly sensitive nerves or unpleasant sensations. This feature is particularly interesting if you suffer from restless legs syndrome, which can induce an uncontrollable desire to move your legs constantly. It’s also essential for people suffering from fibromyalgia, since it allows them to prevent the peaks of pain caused by the disease every day, by soothing their ultra-sensitive nerve fibers.

What weight/size for the weighted blanket?

De nombreuses alternatives sont actuellement disponibles sur le marché. 7 livres, 10 livres, 12 livres, 15 livres ou encore 20 livres : l’éventail de poids disponibles pour les couvertures lourdes est large! Mais alors comment faire le choix? Avec la simple règle suivante :

The weight of your gravity blanket should be between 5 and 10% of the value of your own weight.

So here are the ranges of sleeper weights for which the blanket weights mentioned below are ideal.

 

Ideal weight for the weighted blanket (lb)

Sleeper’s weight (lb)

7

70-140

10

100-200

12

120-240

15

150-300

20

200-400

 

This still leaves you some room for flexibility given the sleeper weight ranges covered by each of the above weighted blankets. So, if you really like to be wrapped, a heavier weight for the blanket may be better for you. The opposite is true: if you want to be weighted just a little and still have some freedom of movement, a lighter blanket will be more appropriate. The most important thing is that you respect the above table, and that you don't feel like you’re trapped in your blanket because you can't move around because of its weight.

Caring for your weighted blanket: wash it the right way to preserve its properties!

If you've decided to buy a weighted blanket and want to know how to wash it first, or if you've just bought one and are thinking about maintenance, there's only one thing to remember: you must clean it if you want to preserve its benefits. The best way to do this is to refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturer and follow them carefully. That way, there's nothing to worry about! However, as a general rule, washing it at low temperature (cold water) with a mild detergent will normally allow you to maintain its characteristics without any problem.

Woman with half her face under the blanket

Conclusion: with weighted blankets, you'll have a better night's sleep!

In short, gravity blankets are an ideal tool to find quality sleep, and will allow you to regenerate yourself, helping you sleep better while reducing your stress and anxiety. However, it’s important to choose its weight according to your own weight, while leaving you room to move around according to your own preferences. Once you've made your choice, you won't regret the investment! However, if you want to benefit from its qualities over time, you’ll have to maintain it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

On the other hand, if you don't get a good night's sleep with your new blanket, it’s possible that your mattress no longer supports you properly and that you’ll have to change it. Nothing could be simpler: consult our collection to choose the right product for you and order your next foam mattress, which will be delivered directly to your home!

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