Anxiety and stress can hinder a good night’s sleep . This has compelled people to take sleeping pills as a means to improve their sleep. But why take pills when a weighted blanket can help? There are many benefits of using a weighted blanket. It helps can combat stress and anxiety since it harnesses Deep Touch Stimulation, which relaxes the nervous system.

What is a weighted blanket?

A “weighted blanket” is a heavy (around 10 pounds or more for an adult) blanket packed with plastic or glass pellets. Using this blanket will help relieve stress, and ease anxiety.

Due to its calming effects, it is ideal for children and adults with sensory processing disorders. Below are 5 benefits of using a weighted blanket.

  1. It improves sleep quality 

A weighted blanket can improve the sleep quality of a person who faces challenges with resting at night.

Do you spend most of the night turning and tossing instead of having a peaceful sleep? Do you find it difficult to relax and sleep well at night? It could be that the stress that has accumulated during the day is affecting you from having a quality sleep at night.

Poor sleep quality will make you rise from bed every morning, feeling restless and fatigued. However, having a quality night rest will make you feel refreshed and revived every morning. A weighted blanket can play a great role in improving sleep quality. The gentle pressure will make you sleep longer and deeper, and you will feel happy and energized when you wake up every morning.

  1. It gives the feeling of being hugged 

When you cuddle under the covers of a weighted blanket, it feels like you’re experiencing the most comforting hug.

Research has shown that a hug can create happiness, prevent loneliness, elevate one’s mood, and even boost self-esteem.

A weighted blanket can give you that feeling of being hugged by someone without anyone holding you. You only need to wrap yourself with your weighted blanket and experience that soothing feeling.

  1. A weighted blanket offers comfort and warmth

One of the benefits of using a weighted blanket is for warmth. Do you often cuddle up with your loved ones for comfort and warmth? What if he or she is away? You don’t need to feel lonely when your loved one isn’t with you.

Using a weighted blanket can offer warmth when your loved one isn’t with you. You can be assured of a warm and comfortable sleep at any period of the day.

  1. It eases stress and anxiety 

Did you feel worn out and fatigued after experiencing a long day at work? Do you feel anxious and have the desperate need to relax?

You can cuddle up on the couch with a weighted blanket while you sip from a mug of tea and read a novel or binge-watch one of your favorite series. This simple task can help you de-stress and relax.

  1. It has a calming effect 

People with lots of energy find it difficult to experience quality sleep at night. A restless body that is much energized can prevent one from experiencing a long and deep sleep.

Using a weighted blanket has a calming effect as it lowers anxiety that is ignited by the feeling of restlessness and promotes rest. This will enable you to get the much-deserved sleep.

Using a weighted blanket will promote a good night rest and calm down stress and anxiety. People often cuddle up more peacefully when someone they love is beside them. So, a bigger weighted blanket can be shared with your significant other, friends or family. What other benefits can you gain from using a weighted blanket? Let us know what you think.


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International Bipolar Disorder Foundation

Mayo Clinic

Genetics Home Reference – NIH

Support program: Autism Sibling Support Initiative

Support program: Sibling Support Project

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Maryland Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Administration for Community Living

Pathfinders for Autism

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

National Center for PTSD

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The Blue Ribbon Project: supporting victims of child abuse and youth in foster care

Faces of PTSD

Eating Disorder Hope website

Maryland Preschool Special Education

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