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What is a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets are a natural tool that can be used at home to reduce symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. They’re a heavy blanket, weighing anywhere from 3 to 35 lbs or more. You can expect to feel calmer as the blanket works naturally to restore balance in your nervous system.

How weighted blankets work

1. Engages your touch nerve fibers

When you grab an object, you engage thousands of touch nerve fibers that send a message through the nerves, and spinal cord, to the brain. Your brain regulates your sensory system, so your fight-or-flight feelings (stress, anxiety, etc.) and rest-and-relaxed moods. With touch, we can help the brain self-regulate this system better.

2. Broad pressure all over your skin

Your body is full of nerve endings in your skin. When you put on a weighted blanket, it applies a broad pressure all over your body, overstimulating your touch nerve fibers all at once, as well as your joints and muscles. For example, say you get an intense itch from a mosquito bite. You can scratch the area and that takes away the itch for a bit by overwhelming your nerve endings that are causing the itch.

3. Lowers your stress response

Broad pressure produces a calming effect in the brain that lowers your stress response, the same way that going for a walk triggers a positive feeling. As a result, you're more calm and relaxed, which can lead to better sleep and lift your mood. Apart from that, we don’t know what chemicals are being released by the brain. How it works is complex, and all you have to know is that it does work and that you will feel better.

Who a weighted blanket helps

Weighted blankets provide help people with both their physical and mental health — all without the need for medication.

A weighted blanket helps with these symptoms:

• Insomnia and sleep disorders

• Panic attacks

• Relieves chronic pain

• Helps mask fibromyalgia

• Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Mental illness / Bipolar disorders

• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

• Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

• Cancer

• Menopause

• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

15 weighted blanket benefits based on science

Most people will find the pressure from the weighted blanket pleasant due to the calming benefits it provides. Here are 15 weighted blankets that benefits:

1. Lowers stress and anxiety

2. Feels pleasant and calming

3. Fall asleep faster and stay asleep

4. Wake up refreshed and felt rested during the day

5. More energy for everyday activities

6. Reduced use of sleep medication

7. Reduced anxiety and normal vital signs

8. Mood lifter

9. Sense of security

10. Reduce movements

11. Improve social well-being

12. Regulates your sensory system

13. Reduces physiological levels of arousal

14. Weight management

15. Improves communication

Day or night

When to use

Weighted blankets are a powerful calming tool that works in minutes and help keep your symptoms at bay. They can be used at night when you’re having a hard time falling asleep, or staying asleep or during the day when you’re on the couch and you need help relaxing.

How to use a weighted blanket

Even if you've used a weighted blanket before, it's important to give your body time to gradually adjust to the new weight on your body to your comfort level, which can take upto 3 weeks.

What most people will like the most about weighted blankets is the extra weight but if you ever feel uncomfortable at any time, just remove the weighted blanket. Our return policy gives you 60 days to try it out, and find out whether or not it’s for you.

Week 1

For the first week, use it for short periods, 2 hours at a time.

Week 2

You can use it for longer periods.

Week 3

Now you should be use to it, but give yourself as much time as you need to adjust to it.