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What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is a type of blanket that’s either heavier than usual or filled with materials such as plastic pellets or glass beads sewn into small pockets for equal weight distribution. 🏋️♀️
The weight of the blanket applies deep pressure touch stimulation, which has a calming effect on the body.
Think of it like a giant, warm hug!
The Emma weighted blanket is even called the “Emma Hug” to describe its effects more clearly!
How do you use a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets are generally designed to be used by one person, though there are a few couple weighted blankets available.
These are not necessarily “cuddly” blankets - and you wouldn’t necessarily cosy up in one to watch a movie or read a book.
That said, some people find weighted lap blankets quite comfortable.
To get the best experience of your weighted blanket, simply snuggle with your blanket by placing it under or on top of your duvet.
Summer weighted blankets can also work well on their own, though if you fancy heated weighted blankets, you’ll be better off keeping the blanket directly on top of you, with a duvet over that.
This stores extra heat. ♨️
If you feel uncomfortable at any point, you should remove the weighted blanket, and you should never use a blanket that’s too heavy for you to move.
What are the health benefits of using a weighted blanket?
There are many potential benefits of using a weighted blanket, including:
- Providing comfort and security
- Improving sleep quality
- Reducing stress and anxiety
We’ll consider some of the most common weighted blanket benefits in more detail below.
Of course, there are many more specific uses where these health benefits apply, which we'll look at in the next section.
Provide comfort and security
Deep pressure touch stimulation has been proven to help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
Weighted blankets are thus often recommended as “security” blankets to provide a sense of comfort and safety. 🔑
This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety or PTSD.
Improve sleep quality
If you struggle with insomnia or other sleep disorders, a weighted blanket may be able to help.
The deep pressure stimulation provided by the blanket can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.
This can affect heart rate and calm racing nerves, which, in turn, can help improve sleep quality and promote better sleep. ❤️
Reduce stress and anxiety
The stress- and anxiety-reduction benefit of weighted blankets is useful in and of itself.
Weighted blankets have a calming effect on the body, which can help to improve mood and promote relaxation. 👍
You can also add some aromatherapy or a meditation practice to your weighted blanket use for maximum effect.
We're big fans of the Aeyla Stress Reliever Roll-On, designed with a mix of essential oils to help calm nerves and reduce heart rate.
Who shouldn’t use a weighted blanket?
Despite the many weighted blanket benefits, they are not suitable for everyone.
Weighted blankets shouldn’t be used during pregnancy
You should not use a weighted blanket if you are pregnant. 🤰
The added weight of the blanket can put unnecessary pressure on the stomach and cause discomfort.
Additionally, the extra heat generated by the blanket can be dangerous for both the mother and the developing fetus.
For these reasons, it’s best to steer clear of weighted blankets during pregnancy.
However, weighted blankets can be a great way to help soothe children.
People with heart disease or respiratory problems
Weighted blankets can put extra pressure on the body, which can be dangerous for people with certain medical conditions.
For example, people with heart disease or respiratory problems may find it difficult to breathe when using a weighted blanket. ❤️
The extra pressure can also aggravate joint pain and mobility issues.
As a result, it’s important to consult with a doctor before using a weighted blanket, especially if you have a medical condition. 👨⚕️
People with claustrophobia
You should not use a weighted blanket if you are claustrophobic.
For people with claustrophobia, the idea of being cocooned in a heavy blanket can be extremely anxiety-inducing.
The weight of the blanket can make it feel like the walls are closing in, and the constant pressure can make it difficult to breathe.
Weighted blankets may be helpful for some people, but for those with claustrophobia, they can do more harm than good.
How do you choose the right weighted blanket?
There are a few things to consider when choosing a weighted blanket.
The size of your weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are available in a variety of sizes, and you’d need to choose one that’s appropriate for your bed and your needs.
Common weighted blankets in UK sizes include:
- Single weighted blankets
- Double weighted blankets
- King-size weighted blankets
These don’t always correlate to standard UK duvet sizes, and many weighted blanket brands have very specific measurements.
The standard size for weighted blankets in the UK, though, is the king size at 150 x 200 cm (59 x 78.7 inches). 🇬🇧
Some outlets will sell a variety of sizes that may better suit your needs, and many retailers have specialist sizes.
Remember, though, that weighted blankets are usually designed to be used by one person only.
If both you and your partner want the comfort of a weighted blanket, it’s better to invest in two smaller ones or opt for a heavier couple’s weighted blanket. 👩❤️👨
We’d recommend the former.
The weight of your weighted blanket
Next, you need to choose the right weighted blanket weight.
As we’ve seen above, your blanket should be about ten per cent of your body weight, and you can get weighted blanket options ranging from 2 kg up to 10 kg.
Lighter weighted blankets are better suited to smaller individuals and children.
Some people with claustrophobia, who usually wouldn’t feel comfortable with weighted blankets, can even experience some benefits with lighter weighted blankets.
Heavy weighted blankets are best for those of a larger build.
Generally, weighted blankets that weigh 4 kg (8.8 lbs) and under are made for children, while most adult weighted blankets weigh upwards of 5 kg (11 lbs).
The Aeyla Weighted Blanket is even available in a few weight options to suit a wider variety of sleepers.
The fabric of your weighted blanket
Finally, you need to choose the right fabric for your blanket.
Weighted blankets are typically made with cotton or polyester, which are filled with microbeads, glass beads, or poly pellets.
Some weighted blankets are also made with more delicate fabrics like silk or cashmere. 🐛
Be sure to choose a fabric that is comfortable and breathable, especially if you’re looking for a cooling weighted blanket, as you don’t want to get too hot while sleeping. ❄️
Natural weighted blankets will generally be more expensive than those made with synthetic materials.
What’s the best weighted blanket UK?
We can’t distinctly say that there’s “one” best weighted blanket in the UK, but there will be a perfect match for you.
Consider the size and weight of the blanket, as well as the materials it is made from, to find your perfect match.
Restful, anxiety-free sleep is only one good weighted blanket away!