Whether you have only just heard about weighted blankets and are starting your research, or whether you are already sold and are just looking for the right product for you, you are in the right place! In this article we attempt to answer the most common queries we hear about weighted blankets, as well as recommend our favourite products for a variety of purposes – click here if you want to jump straight to the best blanket recommendations.
Let’s dive in!
What are the benefits of using a heavy weighted blanket?
The primary benefit of using a weighted blanket is improved quality of sleep. Studies have shown that the introduction of a heavy, weighted blanket can reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase serotonin (the happiness/relax hormone) which in turn aids the production of melatonin.
Can anyone use a weighted blanket?
Yes, it’s only in more modern times that we’ve migrated to synthetic, lighter quilts and duvets. Cast your mind back a few hundred years and we’d be sleeping under several animal skins and thick woollen blankets. We evolved as humans under heavy blankets!
Those suffering from insomnia or conditions that disrupt a good night’s kip should investigate the use of a weighted blanket. It could change your sleep quality dramatically, insomniac’s and lighter sleepers need melatonin in spades and a heavier blanket can deliver it.
Here are a list of conditions that could be relieved by sleeping under a weighted blanket:
- Sleep walking
- Restless leg syndrome
- Panic attacks
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Helping the elderly with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia
How heavy should a weighted blanket be?
As a general rule, aim for a weighted blanket that is 10% of your body weight. So, for example, if you weigh 140 pounds (which is around 10 stone) you should be looking to buy a weighted blanket of 14 to 15 pounds. This is probably the most common weight anyway and is plenty heavy enough for that essential, grounding downward pressure whilst still providing enough ‘freedom’ to turn and wriggle in bed!
If you still feel like the weight could be heavier, there’s always the option of folding the blanket to go double heavy, the common sizing is a ‘queen size’.
Do weighted blankets help with anxiety and depression?
Absolutely. A heavy weighted blanket uses the concept of deep touch pressure to apply gentle, subtle pressing sensation on the body, spread evenly as a person lies underneath. In a similar way to how you feel when receiving a hug, the weight pushing down on your body helps release melatonin, which is the hormone that controls and regulates a person’s sleep patterns. This in turn, calms the nerves and promotes restful, deeper sleep.
Is it safe for children to sleep under weighted blankets?
Yes, but do double check the weight ratio first. There are risks associated with giving a weighted blanket to a child especially if they have respiratory issues, they suffer from claustrophobia and didn’t particularly enjoy being swaddled as a baby. Most manufacturers start their range from 5 pounds (2kgs), the Senso-Rex range begins at 1kg.
What are weighted blankets made from?
The specifications of weighted blankets can vary. The majority of blankets contain small glass, cotton or plastic beads but they are so small that the ‘sleeper’ won’t hear anything as they turn and twist in bed. The ‘filling’ of a weighted blanket could also affect those with allergies or sensitivities to certain materials. It is possible to find blankets filled with rice or barley so be not all blankets will be hypoallergenic. The fabric encasing the beads is usually a fleece, polyester blend or cotton.
Are weighted blankets too hot?
Those who get a little too warm under normal duvets should look for more natural fabric and fillers for ultimate breathability, they’re more expensive but will allow heat to escape a little easier.
See below for our pick of weighted blankets for adults, children and those seeking a little luxury (ideal as a sleep-related Christmas or birthday gift!)
Best Weighted Blanket for Adults 10kg
This 150x200cm gravity blanket from Senso-Rex is filled with glass beads (high-density glass poly pellet to be exact) of circa 1mm in size which do not affect sleep or produce any audible noise as you turn. This blanket from Senso-Rex has rave reviews from customers. It’s grey in colour, with options of light or dark shades. It’s 32% polyester and 68% cotton and machine washable.
Best Breathable Weighted Blanket
Buzio uses 100% organic cotton for this blanket making it our top pick for those who are concerned about being too hot under a weight blanket. Filled with glass beads, these are hypoallergenic, odourless and non-toxic. The stitching is in grid format meaning the ‘heaviness’ is distributed evenly across your body as you rest. Buzio offer a 12 month warranty too for added peace of mind.
Best weighted blanket for children
This range of blankets comes in a myriad of colours and designs from spaceships to dinosaurs to unicorns. Scientifically, the Senso-Rex childrens range is also enticing due to the various weights and sizes (view for yourself on Amazon). Remember, the weighted blanket should only be tucked in up to the shoulders, nothing higher. Help your child sleep and re-energise yourself in the process.
Best luxury option for weighted blankets
Obviously a little more expensive at around £130 but how much value do you put on a good night sleep? This weighted blanket by Rocabi is actually pretty good value as the cover and inner beaded blanket is included and comes with a 365 guarantee It’s also one of the heaviest blankets in the list at 20lbs and therefore suitable for sleepers between 170 and 220lb (which is 80-100kg (12.5 to 15 stone).
Best weighted blanket for king-sized beds
It’s over the £100 mark but again this Soporis blanket is worth it. This king size version (150x200cm) weights 9kg or 20lbs and is super, super soft, it’s like being hugged by a giant friendly teddy bear all night! There is an option to have 2 covers too, please check this for yourselves as you click the link. Soporis blankets come with a 3 year guarantee, theres is also free delivery in the UK.