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UK weighted blanket alternatives
Since the Nectar weighted blanket is no longer available, why don't you try some of these alternatives?
You can also read through our full guide on the best weighted blankets in the UK for more info.
Our favourite UK weighted blankets:
What exactly is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket (also known as a gravity blanket) is a heavy blanket with therapeutic properties.
These have been specifically designed for deep pressure therapy to help release the happiness hormone serotonin, help with stress and anxiety, and promote more restful sleep.
Many weighted blankets will be quilted with a filling of glass beads and a bamboo or cotton cover.
But, others, like the Nectar, will simply be made from a heavier material.
Regardless of the exact composition, weighted blankets place gentle pressure on the body, giving you that hugging feeling that can help ease anxiety.
How do weighted blankets work?
Deep pressure stimulation uses pressure to relax the nervous system.
The weight of the blanket works like touch pressure and gives the feeling of being hugged or held.
This can help:
- Alleviate pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Improve sleep quality
Deep pressure therapy has several medical benefits.
Similar effects can be expected from the use of weighted blankets.
What can weighted blankets help with?
Weighted blankets can be used to help with stress and anxiety but also to help relieve the symptoms of several medical conditions.
Possible uses include the following:
- Anxiety: Deep pressure stimulation helps reduce symptoms of anxiety.
- Autism: Deep pressure therapy has positive benefits in some autistic people.
- ADHD: Weighted blankets could help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD.
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances: Weighted blankets can help calm your heart rate and breathing if you have trouble sleeping.
- Chronic pain: Weighted blankets can help ease pain, primarily because of the relaxing nervous system.
- Restless leg syndrome: The extra pressure can help ease the symptoms of RLS.
Numerous studies have linked weighted blankets to an easing of symptoms in people with these conditions.
Are weighted blankets good for everyone?
Not everyone can use weighted blankets.
People struggling with sleep apnoea, asthma, and claustrophobia or likely to feel uncomfortable with weighted blankets.
Weighted blankets are also unsuitable for children under the age of 2 or pregnant women.
What does lying under the Nectar weighted blanket feel like?
There are multiple reasons why you may choose to invest in a weighted blanket.
For now, let’s look at what the Nectar weighted blanket feels like.
The material itself is soft but firm, and you can definitely feel the weight of this blanket. 🏋️♀️
But, at the same time, it’s not completely overwhelming as a heavier 10 kg weighted blanket may be.
You can’t really use weighted blankets in the way you would a ‘normal’ blanket, but it works wonders if you wrap yourself up on your bed or if you’re engaging in another still activity, like watching television.
The Nectar weighted blanket gives you that “hugging” feeling - like you’re being held and comforted.
This does not work for everyone but, overall, it’ll give you a comforting feeling. 🤗
Unlike beaded weighted blankets, weight doesn’t necessarily adjust to your body.
But the tight weave ensures that weight is evenly distributed, and the blanket moulds around your body.
Can you wash the Nectar weighted blanket?
The best weighted blankets will be machine-washable, but only very few will have a removable cover.
Luckily, the Cloverlane Nectar weighted blanket is fully machine-washable at 40℃. 🛀
You can even tumble dry it on low and iron it at low temperatures.
But, as this is quite a heavy item, we wouldn’t really recommend putting it in your washing machine.
Spot cleaning is a much easier option.
It’ll also ensure the blanket will dry better - especially during the frosty winter months. ❄️
If you’re uncertain whether you can keep the blanket clean (say, if you have pets that sleep in your bed), you can also opt for a washable cover.
Aeyla sells a few options.
Nectar weighted blanket price
Nectar Sleep delivery conditions
The Nectar weighted blanket is delivered wrapped in plastic within two business days.
The plastic bag the blanket comes in is made from recycled materials and is also 100% recyclable. ♻️
But, it was wrapped in an additional plastic cover for protection during delivery.
Delivery within the UK is free. 🚛
The actual blanket also comes in a thick cotton bag, which further protects it during transport and is great for storage if you’re not using the blanket daily.
Contact Nectar Sleep UK
Customer service: To contact Nectar Sleep UK directly for complaints, support, or queries, please e-mail them at email@example.com, call them on 0808 501 5373, or visit their live online chat. Nectar Support is available seven days a week from 9 am - 5:30 pm.
Registered office: Nectar Sleep, 100 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 1F