Recently, it seems like we can’t go a week without hearing more chatter about weighted blankets or someone asking us why everyone is suddenly interested in buying them, and it’s not just because we work in the bedding solutions industry. Weighted blankets have become a hugely popular item recently, so much so that The Atlantic released an in-depth article exploring their recent spike in popularity towards the end of 2018. Despite their uptick in popularity (you can thank Instagram for that one), weighted blankets have actually been around for quite a long time and were originally designed as a calming and sleeping aid for special needs communities or for people who suffered from severe anxiety and stress. Some of the first weighted blankets actually date back to 1999, and were used by mental health patients at the encouragement of occupational therapists to help with body control, coping skills, and self-nurturing skills.
So Are They Really That Special?!
Weighted blankets, or anxiety blankets as they’re now also known, have been massively beneficial because of their ability to deliver a type of therapy called Deep Pressure Stimulation. Deep Pressure Stimulation is a sort of enveloping pressure or holding sensation that relaxes the nervous system and triggers a chain reaction in the body that releases an overall sense of physical and mental calm. Effective weighted blankets will mimic 7-12% of your body weight in pressure and help the body to release doses of serotonin and dopamine, both naturally-producing chemicals in our bodies that regulate our moods and help us to achieve a state of relaxed calm. Besides delivering a sense of peace, calm, and comforting pressure, weighted blankets can help ease insomnia, improve focus for those who suffer from ADHD, ease symptoms of restless leg syndrome and pain caused by fibromyalgia, and can ease symptoms from those who suffer from PTSD such as veterans, and offer an array of other helpful benefits.
What Are They Made Of?
Weighted Blankets are typically made of glass beads or plastic pellets. There are also weighed blankets on the market made of rice, millet, and some with lead— though those are best to avoid. At Bedsure, our blankets consist of 90% small glass beads 10% microfiber to create a feeling of security and give the sense that you’re comfortably cocooned in your bed. They also feature a 7-layer construction which includes two extra microfiber layers inside the blanket to ensure sleepers don’t feel the weighted beads inside the blanket during sleep. These environmentally friendly, odorless, BPA and lead-free glass beads are quilted individually into their own squares so that they make no noise and distribute evenly throughout the blanket without bunching up into one area.
Passing Fad or Permanent Bedroom Staple?
Regardless of whether weighted blankets piqued your interest because they continue to pop up on your social media feeds or because you’ve been on the hunt for a new, healthy alternative to relieve stress and get a better night’s sleep, weighted blankets are converting people into fans for their ability to bring a real sense of calm and relaxation to your body (and thusly your mind), as you prepare to fall asleep each night. Even if they seem all over the place right now, once you try one out you’ll realize it’s for good reason. Weighted blankets have been helping the lives of those who suffer from mental disorders and other sever disorders for years, but now they’re aiding those who even struggle with simply getting to sleep at night! If stress, insomnia, RLS, or even just long to-do lists keep you up at night, a weighted blanket just might be the answer to your best night of sleep yet!