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Hand Me My Blanky, the Heavy One

I am always on the prowl for things that can help me sleep better. As I am willing to try just about anything (within reason) it leaves me open to hear what other people say.

A good blanket is simply one of my favorite things. The feeling of warmth is so very comforting. Of late, weighted blankets have been gaining much popularity among children and adults alike. As I find deep pressure extremely comforting, this is something that I am strongly considering trying. The blankets seem to be rather pricey but quality is not something you want to compromise on.

How much should your blanket weigh?

The generally accepted rule of thumb seems to be that your blanket should be around 10 percent of your total body weight. So if you weigh 90 kg your blanket should weigh 9kg; if you weigh in at 120kg then you should be using a blanket with a weight of 12kg.

I would contact a specialist store or even an occupational therapist to make sure that you get the blanket that is right for you. As always, it is a good idea to run these things past your doctor, especially if you have any health issues.

The deep pressure effect

A weighted blanket applies deep pressure across your body which can help you to feel safe, protected, calm, and tucked in. Deep pressure is known to alleviate some symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. People who have used these blankets report falling asleep quicker some nights. It is said that it is also easier to fall asleep once you have woken up in the night. The deep-pressure touch promotes relaxation possibly releasing some of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin.1

Will a weighted blanket make me too hot?

Many people believe that if the blankets are that heavy, they will also be much warmer. In summer this could prove a problem. Most manufacturers have thought of this and some of them offer a cooling weighted blanket.

These are often made from bamboo and can stop you from overheating or feeling claustrophobic under the blanket. This can make it a lot more user-friendly for summer.

Is this a quick fix?

Is there really and truly a quick fix to anything in life? I think not. So while I do not think that it will be a 100 percent quick fix for every night, I will gladly take a few nights of better sleep or falling asleep easier and just bringing my anxiety down at bedtime.

Being someone who really appreciates the feeling of deeper pressure touch. I will admit to finding this idea very intriguing. It would be wonderful to hear about your experiences.

Have you used one? Has it helped at all? Would you recommend it for someone to try? Did you find a specific brand was better than another? Drop me a comment below and let me know.

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